English Language Learning (ESOL/ESL)

A Framework Comes Alive Video and Guidebook ($15.00) Video Excerpt: Repetition in English language learning
The goal of this project is to mentor new teachers confronting the challenges of teaching adult ESOL (ESL) classes for the first time. The video and guide also provide an opportunity for more experienced teachers to reflect on their philosophies and practices in the classroom. The video and guide can be used separately or together, with a trainer or independently. Ordering information can be found at: Curriculum Publications Clearinghouse http://www.wiu.edu/users/micpc/index.html

Adult ESL Training Video Project The New American Horizons Foundation, through its Adult ESL Training Video Project, has created a series of short, accessible teacher training videos on adult ESOL instruction. Each video is about 30 minutes and uses classroom and instructor interview footage to illustrate topics in adult ESOL practice such as approaches to teaching each of the four skills, planning lessons, working with emergent literacy learners, and grammar and vocabulary development in context. All the videos are available free of charge online, or DVDs can be purchased for a minimal cost-recovery fee. The videos could be used to suit a range of training needs, for example: as self-access resources, incorporated in workshops or volunteer trainings, as part of online training, or teacher education courses. Twelve videos are available for viewing at http://www.newamericanhorizons.org/training-videos http://www.newamericanhorizons.org

Arlington Education and Employment Program (REEP) Professional Development Videos
ESL/ESOL Techniques (2 videos)

Technology Integration Using Smartphones (6 videos)

Assessing Knowledge of ESL Literacy
The Reading Demonstration was designed by Literacywork International as an assessment for low-level ESL learners. It uses real-life materials and texts. Students are asked to indicate what items they recognize and how much they can read. Materials include fast food items, utility bills, grocery flyers, along with connected texts such as short personal narratives and newspapers. Learners are asked to read aloud a passage written in their native language as well. This is a quick way for the teacher to get a good sense of the underlying fluency and decoding skills the learner possesses. It has three sections: 1.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0wQHrCxNg6A 2.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r3r2kHwqXFA&NR=1 3.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=csEHEb_oV2Y&feature=related

Coalition of Limited English Speaking Elderly (CLESE) Bright Ideas – ESL for Elders Project: http://clese.org/elder-programs/bright-ideas/videos/

  • Reading Demonstration http://www.literacywork.com/readingdemonstration In this reading demonstration, Literacywork International’s Heide Spruck Wrigley invites Bessima, an elderly refugee from Bosnia, to show her what she can do in English (recognize popular labels, identify a product on a flyer, interpret a utility bill and read a simple story in Bosnian and another in English). At the end of the video, Heide interprets Bessima’s skills and comments on her strengths and challenges with literacy.
  • I have a problem http://clese.org/elder-programs/bright-ideas/videos/ The “I have a problem” video shows students responding to common life problems and suggesting solutions. The teacher introduces a scenario and invites students to comment. It also shows a student offering his own problem to the class as others offer input. The web site includes a transcript so students can follow along.
  • Excuse me, how much are the peppers? http://clese.org/elder-programs/bright-ideas/videos/ This video, meant for community teachers with little background in teaching ESL, intersperses classroom teaching with a discussion of instructional principles. The teacher teaches the English names of vegetables to a group of Bosnian elderly, who speak very little English, and then takes them on a field trip so they can compare vegetable prices at a farm with prices in a Chicago supermarket. Some of the 7 ESL lessons below, produced by Literacywork International, have beginning level job-related content. Several classroom methods or strategies are used: true-false cards to check comprehension, judicious use of the first language for explanation, the teacher drawing pictures (chalk talk) and students drawing pictures.
  • Review of Survival English (01:35)

    True-False Cards to Check Comprehension (03:45)

    Lesson Preview in Spanish (1:33)

    Review Jobs Children Have (03:11)

    Teacher Describes Her First Job (02:12)

    Chalk Talk

    Students Draw Pictures and Describe First Job (03:30) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xExuQKvXASE

Comprehensible Input Demonstration
Valentina Gonzalez, a Texas Professional Development Specialist for English Language Learners, first demonstrates instructions for learners that are not comprehensible unless you speak the language she speaks; then, using the same words in the same language, she demonstrates how to make her instructions much more understandable using specific language teaching strategies that she later names.

English for Speakers of Other Languages English for Speakers of Other Languages is a 21-episode English language learning series of 15-30-minute video lessons, supported by the City of Boston’s Offices of Cable Communications, Jobs and Community Services, and New Bostonians. It was completed in 2008. The series was created to help non-English speakers learn things that would help them feel more comfortable in a work environment, as well as everyday conversational pieces. The televised program was taped on location at the Asian American Civic Association (AACA) in Boston. Classes are hosted and taught by Richard Goldberg, former director of education at the AACA where he taught ESOL for 18 years. The ESOL program at the Asian American Civic Association is for beginning and intermediate English speakers. It aims to help the students adapt to life in the United States and feel comfortable studying English at a more advanced level. This is an opportunity for ESOL teachers who would like to see a series of lessons done by an experienced ESOL teacher.
http://www.cityofboston.gov/cable/video_library.asp?mode=calculate To find the lessons, in the search box (upper right-hand corner of that page) type “ESOL”.

Minnesota Literacy Council Classroom Videos 
The Classroom Activities for Adult ESL Learners video series for teachers and tutors “features professional teachers leading adult ESL classes through common classroom activities. The videos include both volunteer-led and teacher-led classrooms. Teachers and tutors can watch these videos in order to develop their teaching practices and become more comfortable introducing new activities to their learners….Each featured activity has a PDF description of the activity directions and two videos: a full version, which shows the entire activity from beginning to end, and a short version, which gives an overview of the activity and highlights the instructions and teacher-led transitions. The activities featured in these videos were selected from the Pre-Beginning and Beginning Level ESL Curriculum Units. The Activities include: Picture Stories, Concentration, Total Physical Response (TPR), Walking Dictation, Letter/Sound Drill, Conversation Queue, Exit Ticket, Ball Toss, Substitution Drill, Concentric Circles, Mingle Grid, Post-It™ Chart, Number of the Day, Walk, Talk, Trade, Dialogue and Dialogue Variations, Jigsaw and Vocabulary Bingo https://mnliteracy.org/classroomvideos

Observing Standards-in-Action: ESL Classroom Lesson on writing Produced by Oppix Productions under a contract with MPR Associates from the U.S. Department of Education at the Prince William County Public Schools Education Program, Woodbridge VA http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aQusQWPjdMo

Professional Development Kit (PDK): Multimedia Resources for Instructional Decision-Making
Professional Development Kit (PDK) was a National Center for Adult Learning project, in collaboration with SRI International. It was funded in the 1990’s by the U.S Department of Education to create professional development tools for adult basic skills educators. Among the project’s products were videos of Dr. Richard Cooper working one-on-one with an adult literacy student named Anna Marie, and Adult English language teacher, Margarita Kershner, engaging her level three ESL class in a
reading, writing, listening and speaking activity.

The Media Library of Teaching Skills has been given permission by NCAL’s Project Director, Dr. Daniel Wagner, to host the videos on this website.
ESL videos with teacher, Margarita Kershner, and her students

Real Tutors, Real Learners A collection of tutoring videos that illustrate techniques for basic and ESL literacy instruction made by Literacy DuPage, a nonprofit, community-based organization in Illinois. http://literacydupage.org/realtutorsreallearners.php


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