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Intermediate Curriculum for Intermediate Adults in a community program

  • 1.  Intermediate Curriculum for Intermediate Adults in a community program

    Posted 25-06-2021 02:52 PM
    Hello! I'm writing to ask for suggestions for curriculum for adult ELLs at the intermediate level in a non-profit community learning center. Our organization has some money left at the end of the fiscal year that I can use for resources, and I'd like to spend it wisely. I already have access to Azar Understanding and Using English texts, ESLLibrary.com, Linguahouse.com, and New Readers Press grammar books, but I'm looking specifically for resources that are standards-based and include lots of opportunities for writing and discussion. I would be grateful to hear your recommendations. Thank you in advance!


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    Sharon Haseman
    Mrs.
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  • 2.  RE: Intermediate Curriculum for Intermediate Adults in a community program

    Posted 26-06-2021 08:55 AM
    Hi Sharon!

    If I understand right, what you're looking for is a textbook series intend for adult immigrants to the US. There are some great series out there. My Favorites are:
    Stand Out - National Geographic Learning

    Other options (not recommending, but it's good to know they're out there):

    Ventures - Cambridge University Press
    Step Forward - Oxford University Press
    English in Action - National Geographic Learning

    As the program grows (in resources, students, funding) I think it becomes increasingly valuable to make the distinction between the curriculum as a whole and the core textbook series or materials, which are just one way to achieve the goals of the program and students!

    Rob

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    Rob Sheppard
    TESOL AEIS Past Co-Chair
    Temple University
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  • 3.  RE: Intermediate Curriculum for Intermediate Adults in a community program

    Posted 26-06-2021 12:49 PM
    Hello Rob,

    Thanks for sharing. I agree, Pearson and National Geographic series are great to provide adult LLs, (Pre-)Intermediate in particular, with interesting materials for writing and discussion.
    I also appreciate your reminding us of "the distinction  between the curriculum as a whole and the core textbook series or materials", which is always important to make.
    And I'm sure Sharon precisely has been looking for various ways to achieve the goals of her learning center's program.

    Thank you again for sharing, which might contribute to this search very much!

     Best regards,

    Lala Sadykhova, PhD
    Moscow, Russia


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    Lala Sadykhova
    Russian Federation
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  • 4.  RE: Intermediate Curriculum for Intermediate Adults in a community program

    Posted 26-06-2021 11:47 AM
    Hello Sharon,
    National Geographic Magazine can always give you such standards-based materials, interesting to read and discuss with adult LLs.

    Best wishes,

    Lala Sadykhova, PhD
    Moscow, Russia

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    Lala Sadykhova
    Russian Federation
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  • 5.  RE: Intermediate Curriculum for Intermediate Adults in a community program

    Posted 26-06-2021 03:08 PM

    Sharon,

    I need a little more information.  How do you define "intermediate"?  I think of blue Azar (Understanding and Using English Grammar) as advanced (though not quite as advanced as the types of books you would use for teaching students to, say, edit a research paper), and Fundamentals of English Grammar (black Azar) as intermediate to high intermediate, so I wonder if you could give us a clearer idea of what you mean by "intermediate adults"?

    What kind of writing are they capable of?  Clear paragraphs, four or more paragraph compositions, technical reports? 

    In reading, what types of materials do they read / want to be able to read?

    What about listening-speaking?  For example, can they follow a "regular" Ted Talk?  Would they do well in a job interview for a managerial position?

    This type of thing would help me (and probably others) give the best recommendations.

    Karen



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    Karen Stanley
    Professor, Academic ESL
    Central Piedmont Community College
    Charlotte, NC USA
    karen.stanley@cpcc.edu
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  • 6.  RE: Intermediate Curriculum for Intermediate Adults in a community program

    Posted 26-06-2021 11:06 PM
    Hi, Karen, and thank you for your response and questions! Because this is a free class in a community non-profit organization, the class fluctuates from low to high intermediate based on who is enrolled. (We only have four levels: beginner, high beginner, intermediate, and "advanced" conversation.  I have used the blue Azar book with this class because it was available, although the black one is more on level for them.

    The range of writing ability in the class goes from a paragraph that can be largely understood to one who is able to write technical reports in his field. (He should be in an advanced class, but his work schedule prohibits this.) We do not produce a lot of writing in this program, but I would like to use resources that offer assignments in contexts that will be of high interest and use for this varied group. 

    Regarding reading, the majority are at a middle school reading level (I'd guess around 700-1000). 

    I do use TED talks with this class, but stick to ones without very complex language. Most (not all) have the language ability to successfully interview for a managerial position. 

    Thank you in advance for any thoughts you have about resources that are helpful with this level of adult ELs. 

    Sincerely,
    Sharon Haseman
    ESL Teacher
    Employment Skills Center
    Carlisle, PA 17013





  • 7.  RE: Intermediate Curriculum for Intermediate Adults in a community program

    Posted 28-06-2021 01:45 AM

    How is it goin' Karen Stanley!

    Sampling: Class Leveling.  Beginner section 001; beginner section 002; intermediate 001; intermediate 002; advanced 001; advanced 002; one mastery class and then graduation. 

    A regular classroom TESOL teacher should be able to choose the level of "ted talk" video in English to watch in classroom for his/her students---based on how much English students already know, or be based on the class section he/she is teaching.  As far as classes sectioning and numbering; including designated leveling (samples above), I believe those are created by the school themselves---to guarantee students' learning has progressed adequately and knowledge-based pedagogy has developed successfully. 

    A well-trained educator should be able to make a profound and positive impact "intelligibly" to his or her students at the end of every given semester.  As for "managerial" job responsibility---in relation to English competency in speaking and in writing ability, an applicant is generally already expected to communicate effectively in all circumstance; and the job qualifications for English mastery requirement can only be met and achieved if English has been academically retained well.  Lynn Diaz books might be of help to weed out some of the cobwebs; among others out there now on shelf---mine included for beginners.  It does sound Azar texts are not so helpful in some classrooms.  Adult English learners in colleges and universities would do well to thoroughly examine their classroom materials are helpful for their learning so that appropriate adjustments can be made before class starts.  I hope this is helpful, Ms. Karen.   Enjoy summer!

     

    MerriLee  Leonard |he; she; it|
    M.A.Ed.,TESL
    Greenville Univesity
    Author:  Beginner English Grammar Guide for English as a Second Language Students (1st Ed).
    ISBN-13: 978-1524962708.
    ISBN-10: 1524962708.
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  • 8.  RE: Intermediate Curriculum for Intermediate Adults in a community program

    Posted 28-06-2021 07:40 AM
    Hello Sharon,

    I taught venture series and I think they can really serve the purpose of the teaching population you are targeting. What I like about venture series is that they mix between professional language skills and the language needed for life skills that immigrants need to adapt to the new life situations. I hope this helps.

    Ahmed Fahad

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    Ahmed Fahad
    Graduate Student
    University of Cincinnati
    United States
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  • 9.  RE: Intermediate Curriculum for Intermediate Adults in a community program

    Posted 28-06-2021 09:28 AM
    Many thanks to each of you for your feedback. I'm checking into each of your suggestions to choose a textbook that is in line with the goals of our adult ELLs.

    With sincere appreciation,
    Sharon Haseman
    ESL Teacher
    Employment Skills Center
    Carlisle, PA

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    Sharon Haseman
    Mrs.
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  • 10.  RE: Intermediate Curriculum for Intermediate Adults in a community program

    Posted 28-06-2021 10:58 AM

    You might consider "Face the Issues," 3rd edition, by Carol Numrich in cooperation with NPR (Pearson Longman).

    It's a 2007 book, so a few things may not be up-to-date, but it includes interesting topics,critical thinking, listening, grammar, pronunciation, and what they call "interactive processing activities."  The listening segments are authentic NPR, but selected for understandability and interest.

    Karen



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    Karen Stanley
    Professor, Academic ESL
    Central Piedmont Community College
    Charlotte, NC USA
    karen.stanley@cpcc.edu
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  • 11.  RE: Intermediate Curriculum for Intermediate Adults in a community program

    Posted 28-06-2021 11:14 AM
    Thank you, Karen! I'll look into it!

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    Sharon Haseman
    Mrs.
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