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Tracking mastery on standards in the adult ESL classroom

  • 1.  Tracking mastery on standards in the adult ESL classroom

    Posted 01-11-2017 20:02
    Edited by Jacqueline Vulcano 02-11-2017 10:44
    I'd like to find a cohort of adult ESL instructors who are interested in finding digital solutions to tracking mastery on standards.

    I work at a community college and we're supposed to be aligning our lessons with College & Career Readiness Standards and English Language Proficiency Standards. I'd like to track student progress digitally so that I can someday be able to show my director and state director our program's progress. We have little-to-no budget, so free apps are ideal. I've played around with many apps, websites, and learning management systems so I have quite a bit of experience, but haven't found a solid solution for our type of program.

    I work with our Levels 1&2 beginner ESL students. Our class meets three nights a week for 2 hours each. Many students have little technology skills, but they're quickly learning. But with irregular attendance and open enrollment for part of the semester, I struggle to keep afloat.

    I've created a Facebook group to share ideas, if you're interested (https://www.facebook.com/groups/techtools4adultells/) but chatting here would be good as well.

    This is my Symbaloo mix that I currently use with my students: ESL@CWC

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    Jacqueline Vulcano
    ESL Instructor
    Central Wyoming College
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  • 2.  RE: Tracking mastery on standards in the adult ESL classroom

    Posted 02-11-2017 02:52
    My issue has been tracking progress in oral English in large classes with only fleeting exposure to each student. I devised a paper system which I'm happy to send you. It may be amenable to IT adaptation.

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    Rob Harris
    Mr
    Personal
    New Zealand
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  • 3.  RE: Tracking mastery on standards in the adult ESL classroom

    Posted 02-11-2017 10:44
    Edited by Jacqueline Vulcano 02-11-2017 10:45
    Hi Rob -

    Yes, I'd be happy to check out your paper-based system.

    I've been using Seesaw.me for assessing speaking, reading aloud and writing skills which has helped out quite a bit. It's so nice to be able to grade rubrics at home but I need to squeeze in the time to make and explain the rubrics before the actual activity. I think Seesaw might turn into my LMS for next semester. Currently, I'm using Schoology which is a bit difficult for them. Seesaw is targeted towards K-5 and seemed to be one of the easiest apps for my students to use and we can do so much with it, especially with the new Activities option that just came out for organizing assignments.

    Some other options you may want to look into for your large classes are Voicethread, Flipgrid, ExplainEverything or even Google Voice. I've tried out VoiceThread a few years ago, but I'd really like to try out Flipgrid next semester.

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    Jacqueline Vulcano
    ESL Instructor
    Central Wyoming College
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  • 4.  RE: Tracking mastery on standards in the adult ESL classroom

    Posted 03-11-2017 02:27
    Jacqueline I'd prefer to send the resource to personal email addresses. Rob

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    Rob Harris
    Mr
    Personal
    New Zealand
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  • 5.  RE: Tracking mastery on standards in the adult ESL classroom

    Posted 02-11-2017 09:47
    Hi Jacqueline-

    I'll share your post and fb page on the Adult Education Interest Group fb page.
    Good luck!

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    Elizabeth Schade
    AEIS Co-Chair
    Adult Learning Center Hub Manager
    New York Public Library
    elizabethschade@nypl.org
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  • 6.  RE: Tracking mastery on standards in the adult ESL classroom

    Posted 03-11-2017 09:09
    Jackie, I am in the same boat as you, open enrollment Kills me and upsets the whole classroom as we have to re-acclimate our new student. harumpf!  I am also teaching 4x a week for 3 hours, levels 0-4 which we test on the CAL Best Plus program. I teach in South Carolina.  Each test costs abut 1.75 and is a speaking test. CAL

    After 60 hours, we are required to re-test them at our discression, to show improvement.  That is how the state funds our program, buy a level gain in their speaking/listening progress.

    I am just getting them on the computer this month, most have smart phones, and no computers or tablets at home.  I am very interested in learning more about you track mastery as well. I will join your facebook group!

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    Kathy DeMeo
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  • 7.  RE: Tracking mastery on standards in the adult ESL classroom

    Posted 07-11-2017 11:10
    Hi Kathryn -

    Your program sounds very, very similar to ours. We're using BestPlus 2.0 and TABE CLAS-E. I have students in my beginner level class who test on BestPlus with SPL 0-5. Once they "pass" with SPL 6 on the speaking test, we move them to the CLAS-E reading, listening and writing tests and they are placed into our intermediate/advanced class. High turnover and open enrollment really hurts us trying to meet the 60-hour rule. I was trying to use Schoology to upload class lessons so students could know what they missed, but it seems like very few have done so.

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    Jacqueline Vulcano
    ESL Instructor
    Central Wyoming College
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