ESL on a Thumbdrive
Submitted by Paul Rogers on January 12, 2018 - 8:04am
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As part of my adult ESL classes, I have added my texts and videos to a thumbdrive which, of course, can be copied to the students' device in a few minutes. My texts have all been converted into PDFs, and include workbooks and Graded Readers. The videos focus on pronunciation. So now not only are my students using their own computers at home, but they have almost my entire course on the thumbdrive. Pumarosa is also on a CDRom in case a student does not have the internet. Almost all my students use smartphones, so they can study English at any time and anywhere! I also use the smart phone to send messages about the class and to answer questions.
During the past month, I have noticed a marked increase in the students' ability to pronounce English while they read out loud or speak. This is a result of including pronunciation exercises in each class. A very good example is Maria L. who had a lot of difficulty with English pronunciation. Maria only went to school for three years and has difficulty reading and writing in Spanish. But she likes the class. Then a few weeks ago while she was reading out loud, I was amazed at how she had improved. She told me she was practicing my exercises and reading at home. Now she has a computer with an internet connection.
My program is now a complete "Home Study" ESL course, and can be replicated anywhere. I think that it serves as a very good "transition" to an English Only class and helps to encourage people to continue in their education. Like Antonia whio is getting her GED...but that is another story.