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I have been absent from this list for a while, developing an approach that is based on creating a multi-media
distance learning program for adult ESL students. Below is an outline and I look forward to any comments.
MULTI MEDIA ESL DISTANCE LEARNING PROGRAM AND LIBRARY
Many adult immigrants in the US need to learn English as a Second or Foreign Language and to prepare for the US Citizenship test.
But, because of a variety of reasons, they are unable to attend classes in adult education learning centers.
A program based upon a Multi-Media Distance Learning Library can meet the needs of these English learners.
The program could include:
- Regular attendance in a class with a teacher or volunteer tutor at least once a week.
- Homework assigned according to the level of each student.
- Materials in the library: textbooks, videos, audios, and a list of free online lessons (the "flipped classroom").
- Teacher contact via Skype or cell phones to keep in touch with students at home.
- Teacher visits to homes to help students.
- Training and recruiting of Volunteer Tutors.
For those students who do not have computers at home, there is a program called Computers for Families that provides low-cost and even free computers to selected families.
Funding to start a Multi-Media Library can be obtained from grants provided by many Foundations.
1. Internet sites for ESL
2. Information: Computers For Families | Santa Barbara, CA | non-profit
Providing computers, Internet access and training for Santa Barbara County students whose families cannot afford to purchase them.
3. Grants: Google – “Grants for ESL Distance Learning”
Pitt Community College
Grants Will Allow ESL Program to Create ... funding for the creation of instructional videos and another for distance learning programming.