Helping E.S.L. (English as a Second Language) Students Succeed / Part One of Two

As we prepare to begin the 2013 fall term we wanted to feature some previous podcasts, fitting for this time of year.

Helping E.S.L. Students Succeed
Helping E.S.L. Students Succeed

In this podcast we interview Professors Jeff Wilson and Rebecca Beck, E.S.L. specialists from Irvine Valley College, California.

 

English as a Second Language Sound Bites from the Podcast:

  • Students may not know who Seinfeld is or even what a sitcom is.
  • Giving the student the context of the situation helps.
  • Language is culture and culture is language.
  • Student anxiety can come from the power relationship between the student and the professor.
  • How do we know when students are engaged?
  • There is not a ‘generic’ E.S.L. student.
  • Understanding the different needs of your students is at the root of good instruction.
  • Using blogs and journals can help us to understand our students.
  • Part of my mission as a teacher is also to help my native speaking students understand what it is like for my E.S.L. students.
  • Would you text your friend, “I am gonna B L 8?” Of course not!
  • We are all together in this and we are going to move forward.
  • “Who are the Beatles?”
  • I cannot call you “My Student” until I know something about you. I do a survey to help to get the know the student. What are your goals for this class?
  • You recognize them (Your students) as a person, not just a seat warmer in the class.
  • I don’t believe that they are just my students, they are also a son, daughter, and neighbor.
  • The longer we teach, if we keep using the same answers over and over, we are going to marginalize ourselves from popular culture.
  • Every class I teach, I have the class do a group project of some sort.
  • I as a teacher am constantly learning from my students.
  • I take the time outside of class to look on YouTube and other cultural references to get to know them. It is my own homework assignment.
  • I need to stay plugged in myself so I can remain relevant to my students.

Our next podcast, No. 49 will be part 2 on this topic, please join us!
Don’t miss our very special celebratory podcast, No. 50.

 

Contact Information: 

Email:  Prof. Rebecca Beck   |   Prof. Jeff  Wilson

Irvine Valley College | Student Caring
For additional reading and resources on this topic, click into the Faculty Lounge for the ESL RESOURCE CENTER.
Faculty ESL Resources

Faculty ESL Resources

Why Your Opinion Matters: 

Our upcoming book:The Caring Professor: A Guide to Effective, Rewarding, and Rigorous Teaching, was written with feedback from many educators and students, which was our plan all along. We began by outlining our thoughts on a series of topics, then we recorded them to share with the world. From the feedback we received, we were informed about the needs of the student caring community. We need your feedback so we may continue to fulfill our mission statement and help students, the world over.

Thank you!

Daniel & David

 

 

Teaching English As a Second Language
Image compliments of Bachelor of Education Degrees