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  • 1.  Online ESL Program

    Posted 07-04-2020 10:59 AM
    Greetings Colleagues!

    Over the last year UCF (University of Central Florida) has been developing a fully online ESL program. We are launching Levels 1-4 this summer, and 5-8 in August. Each level has two courses: Reading/Writing/Grammar and Listening/Speaking/Pronunciation. Each course runs for 8 weeks, and includes about 15 hours of instruction each week, a total of about 30 each week. The courses are asynchronous, but include a synchronous component, and lively teaching videos. We have used the latest technology, including Lightboards to teach. 
    Our intended audience had been our own students who wanted to get a head start on their language studies before they obtained a visa, or the funding to come to UCF. However, in light of our current situation, I wanted to make you aware of our programming. Students do take a placement test online, and complete a week of orientation, also online before beginning. If you are interested, or know of programs who may need to find a way to serve their students, we would love to help.

    Christina Cavage

    Christina Cavage
    Content Specialist
    ELI Faculty
    University of Central Florida

  • 2.  RE: Online ESL Program

    Posted 20-04-2020 07:35 AM
    Did you create the online assessment or is it something you purchased?

    Virginia Simmons
    Teacher and Teacher Trainer for ELL

  • 3.  RE: Online ESL Program

    Posted 20-04-2020 09:55 AM
    THANK YOU.   Everything I have seen from UCF has been quality.

    Virginia Simmons
    Teacher and Teacher Trainer for ELL

  • 4.  RE: Online ESL Program

    Posted 21-04-2020 08:08 AM
    Dear Christina,

    Please tell me more about the program at UCF. Pacific Islands University is a tiny nonprofit on the island of Guam. We serve native Pacific Islanders whose English skills need strengthening as a gateway to our academic programs, so I am very interested in hearing more. I look forward to hearing from you!

    Many thanks!
    Dot Houde

    Liberal Studies Chair & Instructor
    Pacific Island University 
    172 Kinney's Road
    Mangilao, Guam 96913

  • 5.  RE: Online ESL Program

    Posted 25-06-2020 02:57 PM

    Hi Christina,

    I'd love to learn more about your placement and online format.  Do you use a placement such as Duolingo or TOEFL or you have an institutional one? What learning management system do you use?

    Kara Sappington
    Associate Director - Corban Language Institute & International Student Support