Much new growth and development will rapidly increase the ESL program's need for technology support. The planning and development of new classes and services are currently underway for the ESL program. Already developed for the Fall 2007 semester are beginning and advanced pronunciation courses, and course outlines for advanced reading, academic vocabulary and usage, introduction to computers, and workplace ESL are presently under review. In addition, ESL sections of English 51 and 52 will be offered throughout the day in the ESL lab in the fall. There is an effort underway to refer more ESL students from English classes to ESL, and those who don't accept referral to ESL sections will be referred to ESL sections of 51/52 for ESL support. Under the CALPASS program, high school ESL students are being encouraged to attend Grossmont through summer bridging classes and on-site ESL assessment at Grossmont College. Student success block grant funds are also being used for new program development. ESL, business, and vocational education faculty and community representatives are working collaboratively to develop links with community employers and training programs. The resultant new curricular support is likely to include computer-based modules for individualized instruction in vocational clusters for such fields as health, culinary arts, child development, and others. Other funds are being used to develop computer training modules for ESL tutor training. These will be available for tutors in both the English Writing Center and the upstairs tutoring area. ESL has now offered two hybrid courses and there are currently six teachers eager to develop more. The benefits of hybrid and online courses are also under consideration for the American Collegiate English (ACE) program. ACE has recently redesigned its curriculum to provide instruction for the TOEFL Internet-based Test (iBT), which now includes a speaking and pronunciation component. A common thread that runs throughout this surge of development is the increased need for educational software, high-speed, high-memory hardware, lab space, training and tutorial services, and technical support. Incorporating educational technology and improving support services provided by the the English Reading and Writing Center, the ESL lab, the Technology Mall, and the ACE Lab augment our curriculum by providing ESL students with innovative tools and tutorials that support their learning of the English language.
Technology and the ESL Curriculum
Computer technology provides necessary support to the ESL curriculum. ESL students are characterized by diversity of country, language, socio-economic level, age, education in the first country, and variations in language competency in listening, speaking, reading, writing and pronunciation. This diversity makes it especially important to provide individualized instruction and tutoring in as many ways as possible to increase student retention and success. The ESL program serves more than 700 students who use the hardware and the software in the various learning centers to do extra-class assignments that directly relate to the present integrated skill curriculum. For example, all students in core ESL classes (ESL 96, ESL 100, ESL103, and ESL 106) utilize the English Reading and Writing Center at least 16 hours per semester to work on grammar, reading, and writing software and meet with tutors. The new ESL sections of English 51/52, along with the new vocational ESL (VESL) program will bring even more students to the LRC to use software. The ACE Lab facilitates essential practice of the Internet-based TOEFL; it also facilitates Internet research, e-mail access, and use of ESL software. Several ESL instructors use Blackboard and/or WebCT as an integral part of their classes, and we now have hybrid sections of ESL 105 and English 110. These are the present ways that the ESL program incorporates technology. However, the changes to the ESL and ACE curriculum summarized in the description requires specific software, hardware, facilities, and support outlined in the objectives, hardware, and software sections below.
ObjectivesEnglish Reading and Writing Center (Rooms 7120 and 7122): Upgrade the current hardware and software and acquire new software. Continue to staff the Reading and Writing Center with tutors and technicians and provide them with the training needed to effectively communicate and assist ESL students with course assignments and educational software. Schedule ESL teachers into room 7122, the ESL computer lab, to supervise the computer use by ESL students enrolled in core ESL classes and to teach ESL sections of English 51/52. Independent ESL Lab: Acquire new lab space for new reading, pronunciation, vocational ESL, and business software. Install the ESL software currently in room 7122 above in the new ESL lab space as well. Consider installing introductory BOT software in this lab so the new ESL course, Introduction to Computers, can be taught in this room if necessary.
ACE Lab: Upgrade the current hardware and software.
Faculty Offices, ACE Classroom, and ACE Office: Upgrade the current hardware and software in offices 590L, 590N, 590Q, 660, 662, and 70-217.Computer Classrooms: Classrooms with computers will be needed to accommodate hybrid and VESL classes.
Upgrades to the computers and peripherals in the English Reading and Writing Center, (7120 and 7122), the Independent ESL Lab, ACE lab, faculty offices, ACE classroom, and ACE office will be needed per the requirements of new software. This will include the memory and speed needed to effectively record and play video and audio.
Additional computers are needed in ESL Offices 590L, 590N, and 590Q for adjunct faculty. These small office spaces would benefit from flat-screen monitors as the larger monitors take up needed desk space.
Auralog: Tell Me More American English Pronunciation Software
Business communication software
Current edition Focus on Grammar: Introductory, Basic, Intermediate, High Intermediate, and Advanced
Current edition of Understanding and Using English Grammar
Possible inclusion of new ELLIS software subject to review
Current educational and practice test software for the TOEFL iBT
Blackboard and/or WebCT
Computer-assisted reading, writing, and vocabulary software
Computerized dictionaries with pronunciation component
Computerized grading software
Web browser program
Introductory computer basics software (as in BOT labs?)
Vocational ESL modules for various vocations and professions
Possible replication of introductory BOT software in ESL setting if BOT space does not remain available to teach the Introduction to Computers for ESL course.
Technical and Tutorial Support Needed
ESL expects increasing enrollment from new immigrants and high school students. There may also be increases in international student enrollment. The ESL Department has an ongoing need for tutors who can instruct ESL students at varied proficiency levels in reading, writing, and grammar in addition to high-quality computer technicians. ESL is currently developing tutor training materials to include the rules and teaching of ESL grammar, a summary of our ESL population and some cultural considerations. ESL will need additional clerical and lab aide support because of its expanded lab offerings. We will need help with being sure students register for the correct sections in the Red Canyon program, that they work at the computers in the areas assigned, and that they are correctly scheduled to work with ESL 51/52 teachers. Some training is required to address the cultural and language needs of this special population, especially for the new immigrants at the beginning levels. If ESL is allowed to use computers outside of the English Writing Center or in its own new dedicated ESL lab room, we will need more clerical oversight to keep track of and assist students with computer and software use.