English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Starter Kit
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||Dec 16, 2008|
||, Advanced, Elementary, Beginner
Introduction: Whether you are starting to teach English to a few students or are beginning a large program, the task of teaching English can seem overwhelming at first. Taken one step at a time, it can be a manageable and rewarding experience. We hope this Kit will help you get started. Section A of the Kit is designed to offer some ideas for testing, registering and placing students in the correct class according to their specific needs and goals. There is a sample registration form, a sample placement test, and a reference list of available commercial tests. Also included are sample needs assessments so that you can determine what it is that your students want to learn. The final part of Section A gives a brief description of various program models. In Section B of the Kit you will find several lists or resources—from professional associations to community resources. This part also includes a list of some of the many Internet sites that you may find valuable. The next section (C) of the Kit includes useful information about how adults learn, descriptions of various types of language instruction, and some tips for effective teaching. Integrating the four basic language skills—listening, speaking, reading and writing—is the focus of Section D. Some sample lesson plan forms are included. Because all ESOL classes are multi-level in some way, some ideas are included on how to deal with the multi-level class. Section E, also, deals with helping students with special needs, using volunteers in the classroom, and evaluating your teaching. Section F of the Kit offers an overview on curriculum development, along with a reference list of curricula already developed. Two new sections G and H, ESOL and Technology and EL/Civics, respectively, have been added to the revised edition (2002) of the Starter Kit. In the last few years these areas have become the center of much instructional focus in both adult education and ESOL.