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Practices with Promise Success Story

Submitted By: Cathleen Greiner, Irvine Valley College


SOCRC Blending ESL Curriculum Best Practices

  • Type of Practice: Curriculum Development
  • Targeted Population: Adult Basic Education Students, English Language Learners, Returning Students, Teachers, Faculty and Staff
  • Program Area(s): English as a Second Language & Citizenship
  • Consortia Involved:
    South Bay Adult Education Consortium/Southwestern: Capistrano Unified School District, Irvine Unified School District, Laguna Beach Unified School District, Saddleback Valley Unified School District, South Orange County Community College District, Tustin Unified School District

The Challenge

A critical challenge for creating effective course materials for SOCRC students was blending the best practices for curriculum for each ESL-course offered by consortium member institutions. Curriculum and learning outcomes for each ESL course must be aligned across the consortium to better enhance student comprehension and student transition to college credit courses. However, the existing curriculum did not feature best practices used by ESL instructors across the consortium. Certain ESL programs within the region, both inside and outside of the SOCRC had excellent curriculum and teaching "nuggets" that were effective as class exercises, but these were not necessarily aligned or accessible to ESL teachers in the consortium.

The Solution

The creation of a best-practices based curriculum for ESL has been an ongoing practice. Ms. Virginia Burrows, as the Director of Adult Education for Tustin Unified School District, has brought together the most effective curriculum and best teaching practices in one unified ESL Beginning High course so that all instructors teaching within the consortium will share the same high quality teaching material and student learning outcomes. An analysis of pacing, curriculum, assignment and outcomes has progressed and the SOCRC faculty are in the process of adapting these best practices. SOCRC faculty will be fully engaged in using the final ESL course content with best practices this semester and into the future.

Outcomes

The eventual goal is for all ESL students moving through the SOCRC to experience the same best-practices ESL at all sites. This will allow SOCRC members to share data that has common learning objectives and outcomes for ESL metrics. It will also allow SOCRC ESL instructors to better address the needs of those students who are not progressing and to offer remediation techniques so they may successfully complete the baseline ESL classes being offered. Best practices gleaned from this curriculum will continue to be shared amongst the consortium sites and featured in such areas as adult education reports, the SOCRC website and newsletter.

The Data

Data collected in 2016 and 2017 will track consortium-wide student progress through the newly-improved ESL curriculum and track noncredit student transition to college credit and will be posted on the consortium website.


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