The professional development videos described and linked
to below were not made by MLoTS. They have been listed here and will be
included in our searchable database to make it easier for adult educators
and professional developers to find. They are organized on this page in
the following categories:
• Integrating Technology
• English Language Learning (ESOL/ESL)
• Basic Literacy
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:
Coalition of Limited English
Speaking Elderly (CLESE)
Bright Ideas – ESL for Elders Project:
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
I have a problem
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?
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)
Review Jobs for Adults (03:39)
Teacher Describes Her First Job (02:12)
Students Draw Pictures and Describe First Job
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
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.
Adult ESL Training Video Project
The New American Horizons Foundation, through its Adult ESL Training Video Project, is creating 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 will be 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.
The first eight videos are available for viewing at http://www.newamericanhorizons.org/training-videos (http://www.newamericanhorizons.org). Building Literacy with Adult Emergent Readers focuses on a whole-part-whole approach to working with emergent literacy learners. Lesson Planning for Life Skills provides an overview of general lesson planning principles. Additional videos are in process and will be posted as they are completed.
PDK English Language Learing (ESOL/ESL) Videos
The Professional Development Kit (PDK) videos were developed
by literacy.org and the National Center on Adult Literacy (NCAL) at
the University of Pennsylvania. . Included here are 5 ESOL English language
learning classes taught by Margarita Kershner.
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://www.literacyvolunteersdupage.org/RealTutorsRealLearners.html
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
Vocational ESL (VESL) 6-minute classroom video using the I-BEST Model for Transition to Work, February 2010. Bathing a patient lesson taught by ESL Instructor, Donna Price and Registered Nurse, Manuel Gallegos.
http://www.otan.us/adminforum/vid/VESL.asx (Note: you may need to go first to http://www.otan.us/adminforum/ and to create a (free) account.)