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Activating Linguistic Diversity in the Classroom
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CUNY’s classrooms are famously diverse, a reality reflected in the vast number of languages spoken by undergraduate students. Have you thought about how this language diversity will impact your teaching, and specifically how they how language dynamics impact classroom communication? How do we as instructors (especially international students and non-native English speakers) address the politics of language in the classroom? What strategies are there to make our classrooms more inclusive of non-native English speakers, and what are the benefits of seeking to “activate” the multiple linguistic identities of our students as elements of our learning?

This workshop will expose attendees to activities and assignments that empower multilingual learners and foreground diverse modes of classroom engagement including verbal, written, and non-verbal communication.

Subject:
Languages
Higher Education
Language Education (ESL)
Speaking and Listening
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Homework/Assignment
Lesson
Module
Author:
Kyueun Kim
Date Added:
06/24/2020
Business English for Success
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Business English for Success provides instruction in steps, builds writing, reading, and critical thinking, and combines comprehensive grammar review with an introduction to paragraph writing and composition. Beginning with the sentence and its essential elements, this book addresses each concept with clear, concise, and effective examples that are immediately reinforced with exercises and opportunities to demonstrate learning.

Subject:
Business and Communication
Language Education (ESL)
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
The Saylor Foundation
Provider Set:
Saylor Textbooks
Author:
Scott McLean
Date Added:
01/01/2011
CASD 7336X: Literacy & Language-Based Learning Disabilities
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Etiologies, characteristics, and evidence-based assessment and intervention of speech, literacy and language-based learning disabilities in school-age children and adolescents; theoretical paradigms used in identification, assessment and intervention; interdependence of language, literacy, and academic achievement; culturally and linguistically appropriate practice.

Subject:
Early Childhood Development
Language Education (ESL)
Special Education
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Interactive
Reading
Provider:
CUNY
Provider Set:
Brooklyn College
Author:
Amy Wolfe
Klara Marton
Date Added:
03/03/2021
College ESL Writers: Applied Grammar and Composing Strategies for Success
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College ESL Writers: Applied Grammar and Composing Strategies for Success is designed as a comprehensive grammar and writing etext for high intermediate and advanced level non-native speakers of English. We open the text with a discussion on the sentence and then break it down into its elemental components, before reconstructing them into effective sentences with paragraphs and larger academic assignments. Following that, we provide instruction in paragraph and essay writing with several opportunities to both review the fundamentals as well as to demonstrate mastery and move on to more challenging assignments.

Subject:
Language Education (ESL)
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
University System of Georgia
Provider Set:
Galileo Open Learning Materials
Author:
Barbara Hall
Elizabeth Wallace
Date Added:
02/09/2018
Communication Beginnings: An Introductory Listening and Speaking Text for English Language Learners
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This textbook is designed for beginning-intermediate English language learners. It is composed of 7 chapters, each of which covers specific speaking and listening learning objectives and includes dialogues, interviews, discussions and conversation activities. Each chapter includes listening and speaking components such as dialogues, interviews, discussions and conversation activities. Each chapter also focuses on 10 target words from the New General Service List of English vocabulary. The textbook includes an audio component that consists of recorded conversations of native and non-native English speakers, as well as links to additional listening resources on the web.

Subject:
Language Education (ESL)
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
Portland State University
Provider Set:
PDXOpen
Author:
Della Jean Abrams
Date Added:
10/02/2017
A Critical Approach to non-F2F Language Teaching
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Face-to-face language courses tend to use in-class time mostly for lecture and language practice. Such instructional modes are difficult when, as in our current public health crisis, teaching and learning must be done online. What are the specific challenges for teaching language courses at CUNY in an online format?

To be fully effective, language instruction must take into account the social, cultural, and political contexts in which a language is produced. This pedagogical approach goes beyond the acquisition of the core linguistics skills (speaking, listening, reading, and writing) and the basic approaches that cover grammar, vocabulary, and culture, and must address the metalinguistic issues and the socio-political nature of language.

How can such an approach be pursued effectively in an online environment? This workshop will help participants identify concrete challenges of teaching a language course online, with particular attention to assignments that proceed from a critical perspective. Participants will workshop strategies and/or assignments that will help us overcome these challenges in an online environment being aware of our limitations and constraints. We will consider and adapt the language course and expectations having in mind material that speaks to our students’ experiences directly in order to keep them motivated and engaged.

Subject:
Languages
Higher Education
Language Education (ESL)
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Homework/Assignment
Module
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Author:
Inés Vaño Garcí­a
Date Added:
06/24/2020
Digital Language & Literacy Narrative
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The Digital Language Literacy Narrative (DLLN) focuses on informing our perspectives of language and literacy: how and why we presently learn certain mechanics of speaking, reading, and writing. Derived from societal realities--the belief that some languages are deemed "good" while others, not--this assignment strives to engage students in critical thinking and reading, by gaining practice as both the reader and writer in order to explore their own experiences and to understand how social differences can affect one's own literacy.

Subject:
Language Education (ESL)
Material Type:
Homework/Assignment
Provider:
CUNY Academic Works
Provider Set:
City College
Author:
Nagales, Noelle Marie
Watson, Missy
Date Added:
10/01/2018
ENGL 110 (College Writing I): Controversy in Literature, Language, and Literacy
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Syllabus for College Writing I: Controversy in Literature, Language, and Literacy at Queens College

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Education
Language Education (ESL)
Composition and Rhetoric
Material Type:
Syllabus
Provider:
CUNY Academic Works
Provider Set:
Queens College
Author:
Salazar Monarrez, D.
Date Added:
06/21/2021
Expository Writing for Bilingual Students, Fall 2002
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Formulating, organizing, and presenting ideas clearly in writing. Reviews basic principles of rhetoric. Focuses on development of a topic, thesis, choice of appropriate vocabulary, and sentence structure to achieve purpose. Develops idiomatic prose style. Gives attention to grammar and vocabulary usage. Special focus on strengthening skills of bilingual students. Successful completion satisfies Phase I of the Writing Requirement. The purpose of this course is to develop your writing skills so that you can feel confident writing the essays, term papers, reports, and exams you will have to produce during your career here at MIT. We will read and analyze samples of expository writing, do some work on vocabulary development, and concentrate on developing your ability to write clear, accurate, sophisticated prose. We will also deal with the grammar and mechanical problems you may have trouble with.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Language Education (ESL)
Composition and Rhetoric
Language, Grammar and Vocabulary
Material Type:
Full Course
Provider:
M.I.T.
Provider Set:
M.I.T. OpenCourseWare
Author:
Brennecke, Patricia W.
Date Added:
01/01/2002
FIQWS Language and Literacy: Linguistic Myths and Realities
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This syllabus is for a Freshmen Inquiry Writing Seminar, which is a two-section, collaboratively taught course wherein one of the two courses engages students in critical thinking, reading, and writing about the issue of language and literacy, while the other introduces students to conventions of academic writing and mentors them in social and rhetorical writing processes. Thus, this course draws on the topic of language and literacy as a vehicle for critically analyzing students' own languages and literacies and developing especially their academic and information literacies.

Subject:
Education
Language Education (ESL)
Material Type:
Syllabus
Provider:
CUNY Academic Works
Provider Set:
City College
Author:
Miller, Emily
Watson, Missy
Date Added:
01/01/2018
FIQWS Language and Literacy: Mine/Yours/Ours/Theirs
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This syllabus is for a Freshmen Inquiry Writing Seminar, which is a two-section, collaboratively taught course wherein one of the two courses engages students in critical thinking, reading, and writing about the issue of language and literacy, while the other introduces students to conventions of academic writing and mentors them in social and rhetorical writing processes. Thus, this course draws on the topic of language and literacy as a vehicle for critically analyzing students' own languages and literacies and developing especially their academic and information literacies.

Subject:
Performing Arts
Education
Language Education (ESL)
Composition and Rhetoric
Reading Foundation Skills
Material Type:
Syllabus
Provider:
CUNY Academic Works
Provider Set:
City College
Author:
Watson, Missy
Date Added:
06/14/2018
Freshman Composition Final Portfolio Assignment
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This syllabus is for a Freshmen Inquiry Writing Seminar, which is a two-section, collaboratively taught course wherein one of the two courses engages students in critical thinking, reading, and writing about the issue of language and literacy, while the other introduces students to conventions of academic writing and mentors them in social and rhetorical writing processes. Thus, this course draws on the topic of language and literacy as a vehicle for critically analyzing students' own languages and literacies and developing especially their academic and information literacies.
Throughout the course, students are encouraged to reflect on their writing practice. As a culminating assignment for the course, students are asked in this assignment prompt to analyze their writing and writing process. They are asked to reflect on whether or not they met the course outcomes in their final paper and support their analysis with artifacts from their participation throughout the course.

Subject:
Performing Arts
Language Education (ESL)
Material Type:
Assessment
Provider:
CUNY Academic Works
Provider Set:
City College
Author:
Rizzo, Laura B
Watson, MIssy
Date Added:
01/01/2018
Home and School: Ten Easy Picture Stories for Beginning Students of English
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This book contains 10 easy picture stories for beginning students of English. The stories have a Lexile level of 100L-500L and address common home and school situations. Each story includes images, self-correcting comprehension exercises, and a conversation prompt.

Subject:
Language Education (ESL)
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
OpenOregon
Author:
Timothy Krause
Date Added:
11/01/2018
Implementing Digital Portfolios to Document the Writing Process
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Implementing digital portfolios to document the writing process offers students a way to curate an exhibit of their work. The Google Sites application provides online spaces for students to upload permanent artifacts. It is user friendly and provides a visual document of student growth over the course of a semester. By publishing drafts and revisions, students are reminded of the progress they have made as writers. In addition, using visual approaches to organizing work also assists students with time management.

Subject:
Literature
Education
Higher Education
Language Education (ESL)
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
CUNY Academic Works
Provider Set:
Kingsborough Community College
Author:
George, Patricia
Date Added:
04/21/2021
Language & Literacy: The Politics of Language
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This syllabus is for a Freshmen Inquiry Writing Seminar, which is a two-section, collaboratively taught course wherein one of the two courses engages students in critical thinking, reading, and writing about the issue of language and literacy, while the other introduces students to conventions of academic writing and mentors them in social and rhetorical writing processes. Thus, this course draws on the topic of language and literacy as a vehicle for critically analyzing students' own languages and literacies and developing especially their academic and information literacies.

Subject:
Languages
Performing Arts
Language Education (ESL)
Reading Foundation Skills
Political Science
Sociology
Material Type:
Syllabus
Provider:
CUNY Academic Works
Provider Set:
City College
Author:
Watson, Melissa
Zayas, Brittany A
Date Added:
06/15/2018
Language and Literacy: Politics of Language
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This syllabus is for a Freshmen Inquiry Writing Seminar, which is a two-section, collaboratively taught course wherein one of the two courses engages students in critical thinking, reading, and writing about the issue of language and literacy, while the other introduces students to conventions of academic writing and mentors them in social and rhetorical writing processes. Thus, this course draws on the topic of language and literacy as a vehicle for critically analyzing students' own languages and literacies and developing especially their academic and information literacies.

Subject:
Languages
Performing Arts
Education
Language Education (ESL)
Composition and Rhetoric
Reading Foundation Skills
Sociology
Material Type:
Syllabus
Provider:
CUNY Academic Works
Provider Set:
City College
Author:
Watson, Missy
Zayas, Brittany A
Date Added:
11/07/2018
Listening, Speaking, and Pronunciation, Fall 2004
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A seven-week module for high intermediate ESL students who need to develop better listening comprehension and oral skills. The workshop involves short speaking and listening assignments with extensive exercises in accurate comprehension, pronunciation, stress and intonation, and expression of ideas.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Language Education (ESL)
Material Type:
Full Course
Provider:
M.I.T.
Provider Set:
M.I.T. OpenCourseWare
Author:
Yoo, Isaiah
Date Added:
01/01/2004
Low Intermediate ESL Writing
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Created for Washtenaw Community College's low intermediate ESL students, this OER writing textbook covers writing sentences, summaries, opinions, and narratives, as well as improving spelling and grammar.

Subject:
Language Education (ESL)
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
Washtenaw Community College
Author:
Heather Zettelmaier
Date Added:
03/05/2019
The Mathematics of Nutrition Science
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The Mathematics of Nutrition Science is a workbook designed to integrate and contextualize developmental mathematics into an introductory college level Nutrition class. Definitions and skills from Community College Level Elementary Algebra and Quantitative Literacy courses are explained through examples analyzing the nutritional content of different foods. The book contains exercises for students to practice these skills, and also to reflect on the concepts through short writing assignments aligned with developmental English. These materials could be used by Nutrition course instructor in many different ways, and are designed to be self-contained and require minimal mathematical instruction.

Subject:
Education
Language Education (ESL)
Nutrition
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
CUNY Academic Works
Provider Set:
Queensborough Community College
Author:
Cornick, Jonathan
Maloy, Jennifer
Zinger, Lana
Date Added:
03/03/2017
Multimodal Writing – in the standards-based ELA classroom
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In this course, we examine contemporary discourse and practice around writing instruction in the secondary English Language Arts (ELA) classroom. School-based composition is often framed and assessed as a specific set of discrete skills that can be developed through decontextualized “best practices.” We will interrogate the assumptions about writing and literacy that sustain these practices and contextualize them within larger (settler) colonial projects. Ultimately, we will develop our own writing philosophies and associated curricular innovations and pedagogical moves.

Specifically, throughout this course, we will:

Review the social, historical, and political contexts that shape contemporary approaches to standards-based writing instruction
Investigate our assumptions about the writing process and our conceptions of “good” writing
Explore the challenges, tensions, and possibilities of a decolonial educational framework
Develop a range of creative, collaborative, and nontraditional approaches to standards-based writing instruction

Read more about the course design:
Mina Rees Library | Drafting Possible Futures
https://gclibrary.commons.gc.cuny.edu/2020/05/06/oer-drafting-possible-futures/

See also: Drafting Possible Futures: An Open-Access Handbook for English Educators
Link: https://764handbook.commons.gc.cuny.edu/
This website was collaboratively created by students enrolled in Multimodal Writing in the Standards-Based ELA Classroom. Students wrote the introduction and all chapters, and two student editors reviewed all pieces and created the website design. The result is a document that can be used by any ELA teachers as well as future English Education students.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Literature
Language Education (ESL)
English Language Arts
Material Type:
Full Course
Syllabus
Provider:
CUNY
Provider Set:
Queens College
Author:
Karen Zaino
Date Added:
06/14/2021
Portland People and Places: Stories from the Rose City for Beginner Students of English
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This book contains nine short stories about people and places of Portland, Oregon written for beginner students of English (lexile range of 300-500). Each story has approximately 150-250 words. It is formatted as a picture book with approximately 1-3 sentences per illustration. Each story is accompanied by a set of self-correcting comprehension questions and a speaking prompt. All images are public domain except where noted in the alt text.

Subject:
Language Education (ESL)
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
OpenOregon
Author:
Timothy Krause
Date Added:
12/01/2018
Practicing Abstraction Argument and Explanation: The Little Goat and the High Priest
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A one page handout to illustrate and practice concepts of abstraction argument and explanation. There are suggested activities using the handout and for generating other similar assignments.

Subject:
Language Education (ESL)
Material Type:
Homework/Assignment
Provider:
CUNY Academic Works
Provider Set:
Borough of Manhattan Community College
Author:
Marshall, David
Date Added:
04/02/2018
Review: Adjectives Forms;first, second, and third forms
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This worksheet offers a quick, five minute review of positive, comparative, and superlative forms of adjectives and models for correct usage. Sometimes students will apply the "add er" rule to all adjectives in the superlative form, even those of three or more syllables that require only "more." Sometimes students will confuse "than" and "then" when making a comparison.

Subject:
Language Education (ESL)
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
CUNY Academic Works
Provider Set:
Borough of Manhattan Community College
Author:
Garrison, Kate
Date Added:
12/07/2017
SPA 2201HS Spanish for Heritage Speakers (Syllabus_Fall 2019)
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SPA 2201HS Spanish for Heritage Speakers is an intermediate course intended for students who were immersed in or exposed to the language while growing up, but who have received little or no formal instruction in Spanish. Strengthens students‰Ûª competence in the oral and written standard varieties of Spanish by building on their previous knowledge to expand their vocabulary, strengthen their command of grammar, and achieve more confidence and fluency in speaking and writing while learning about the diversity of the Hispanic cultures. The skills acquired in this course will help reinforce students‰Ûª bilingual abilities and cultural competence.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Languages
Literature
Communication
Language Education (ESL)
Social Science
Political Science
Sociology
Material Type:
Syllabus
Provider:
CUNY Academic Works
Provider Set:
New York City College of Technology (City Tech)
Author:
Sanchez-Jimenez, David
Date Added:
04/01/2019
Seven Wonders of Oregon: A Travel Book for High-Beginner/Low-Intermediate ESOL Students
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This book contains nine short stories about natural wonders of Oregon written for high-beginner/low-intermediate students of English (lexile range of 500-600). Each story is approximately 225-250 words long and features a picture, a set of self-correcting comprehension questions, a writing prompt, and full citations of sources with links.

Subject:
Language Education (ESL)
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
OpenOregon
Author:
Timothy Krause
Date Added:
09/01/2018
Silent Film: A Visual Narrative for Developing Linguistic Competence
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Visual narratives in silent films are an effective method for developing linguistic competence in English language education and are equally constructive in developing critical thinking skills across disciplines. “Silent film, more than any other film property, capitalizes on ESL students’ visual literacy, using it as both a foundation and a catalyst for honing the verbal language skills that are key to acquiring and articulating complex knowledge in English” (Kasper and Singer, 2001). Silent films rely on the power of vivid, interactive visual imagery to depict personal struggles, character interactions, and plot development. This medium grabs the attention of ESL students and gives them time to absorb what is happening in the film without being distracted by dialogue. The silent film significantly lowers the affective filter (Krashen, 1986) and is highly conducive to promoting the development of linguistic skills. Krashen (1986) cites motivation, self-confidence, and anxiety in the Affective Filter Hypothesis as three categories of variables that play a role in second language acquisition.

Subject:
Literature
Education
Higher Education
Language Education (ESL)
Material Type:
Homework/Assignment
Provider:
CUNY Academic Works
Provider Set:
Kingsborough Community College
Author:
George, Patricia
Date Added:
04/19/2021
Theories of Second Language Acquisition
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Designed to develop students’ understanding of different theories that have been developed to explain the process of acquisition of second languages and of the interaction between such theories and strategies for maintaining and developing bilingualism.

This course was created as part of the Open Pedagogy Fellowship, through the Mina Rees Library at The Graduate Center, CUNY.

Subject:
Language Education (ESL)
English Language Arts
Language, Grammar and Vocabulary
Material Type:
Syllabus
Provider:
CUNY
Provider Set:
City College
Author:
William Oliver
Date Added:
06/15/2021
Toni Cade Bambara Playlist by Sonia Adams
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This playlist and handout include works by (and various quotations and media related to) Toni Cade Bambara.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Literature
Education
Elementary Education
Higher Education
Language Education (ESL)
Special Education
English Language Arts
Composition and Rhetoric
Reading Literature
Speaking and Listening
Criminal Justice
Ethnic Studies
Political Science
Social Work
Sociology
Women's Studies
Material Type:
Bibliography
Author:
Christina Katopodis
Date Added:
03/09/2021
Transition with Purpose: Pathways from English Language to Academic Study
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This Open Access Textbook will guide students through their English language to academic degree studies.

Part one of this textbook is a guide for moving from ESL study to academic study at Portland State University*. It includes the resources students will use to understand policies and processes governing their degree study and their transition to academic coursework.

Part two focuses on how academic skills are used across various disciplines and is comprised of activities and assignments designed to practice these skills.

Key elements include culture and expectations in an American university, transferring academic skills from ESL to content-specific academic courses, and helpful exercises to be academically successful.

Subject:
Language Education (ESL)
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
Portland State University
Provider Set:
PDXOpen
Author:
Anne Greenhoe
Michele Miller
Date Added:
04/03/2018
WAC and Second-Language Writers: Research Towards Linguistically and Culturally Inclusive Programs and Practices
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In WAC and Second-Language Writers, the editors and contributors pursue the ambitious goal of including within WAC theory, research, and practice the differing perspectives, educational experiences, and voices of second-language writers. The chapters within this collection not only report new research but also share a wealth of pedagogical, curricular, and programmatic practices relevant to second-language writers. Representing a range of institutional perspectives—including those of students and faculty at public universities, community colleges, liberal arts colleges, and English-language schools—and a diverse set of geographical and cultural contexts, the editors and contributors report on work taking place in the United States, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East.

Subject:
Language Education (ESL)
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
WAC Clearinghouse
Author:
Michelle Cox
Terry Zawacki
Date Added:
01/09/2014