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  • 1.  ESL Sustainability

    Posted 03-10-2022 08:49 AM
    Greetings Everyone,

    I am wondering if there are members interested in exploring the topic of ESL Sustainability.

    Sustainability is defined here as ways we can consider policy and advocacy toward climate sustainability.

    Some topics to consider could be more online conventions and less air travel to fight air pollution.
    Another topic could be to advocate for food at conventions to be an alternative to beef products to reduce agricultural emissions.
    A third topic could be to take a national and international position that ESL supports sustainability as a mission and be part of climate justice.

    I was inspired by Standford University faculty engaging in sustainability.

    I am not an expert. I am a community college instructor. I have taught ESL for over a decade at City College of San Francisco. I am hoping there are members out there who may want to make CLIMATE SUSTAINABILITY a part of the ESL mission.

    I just like to get the conversation going. Perhaps the discussion already exists.

    I invite a respectful and open discussion.

    With respect,
    Neela Chatterjee
    nchatter@ccsf.edu
    neelablue@sbcglobal.net



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    Neela Chatterjee
    ESL Instructor
    City College of San Francisco
    United States
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  • 2.  RE: ESL Sustainability

    Posted 04-10-2022 05:21 AM
    Edited by Nellie Deutsch 04-10-2022 05:22 AM
    Hi Neela,
    Thank you for starting the conversation on sustainability. I'm not an expert, but I have engaged my adult and young learners in collaborating to create content on sustainability and present their work online to the world.

    I believe sustainability starts with the individual. Here's what we can do to make a difference https://stanfordhealthcare.org/sustainability-program-office/sustainability-program-office/live-a-greener-life.html. There are quite a few organizations and schools such as Stanford that are providing programs and educating faculty and students on sustainability. Some of the programs are free, but most are not. I would like to see less monetized programs and more open access content on sustainability.

    Here's a list of a few open access journals/articles on sustainability that you and others may find useful:

    You may add to the list if you find additional journals, articles, MOOCs, courses, webinars, or workshops that are free for all.

    Thank you.
    Nellie

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    Nellie Deutsch, Ed.D.
    University of Phoenix
    CALL-IS Co Chair Elect
    nelliemuller@email.phoenix.edu
    Moodle Teacher/Admin Trainer
    Mindfulness Practitioner
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  • 3.  RE: ESL Sustainability

    Posted 04-10-2022 01:56 PM
    Hi Nellie,
    Thank you for these great resources.
    I will bring them up at our Academic Senate meetings and share.
    So glad to meet you. How amazing you wrote back ! You are doing amazing work.

    How do you think we can work with TESOL as an organization to explore sustainability?

    We are a world wide community. What can we do cooperatively to make our voices known towards sustainability?


    Neela
    "A world together is a world for each other."
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    Sent from my iPhone





  • 4.  RE: ESL Sustainability

    Posted 04-10-2022 02:29 PM
    Hi Neela,
    Of course I replied to you. My brain lights up when I read or hear anything related to "sustainability". Great questionsI Now, who is the right person to ask at TESOL?







  • 5.  RE: ESL Sustainability

    Posted 04-10-2022 04:28 PM
    Hello Neela and Nellie:

    TESOL International Association has a Professional Learning Network (PLN) on Environmental Responsibility with over 500 members!  You can find them by clicking on the Communities link in the menu above and selecting Professional Learning Networks.  I am sure they will be excited to discuss your ideas with you!

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    Nikki Ashcraft
    Past Chair, Membership Professional Council
    University of Missouri
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  • 6.  RE: ESL Sustainability

    Posted 04-10-2022 05:33 PM
    That's wonderful to know, Nikki.

    Thank you for pointing us in the right direction.

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    Nellie Deutsch, Ed.D.
    University of Phoenix
    CALL-IS Co Chair Elect
    nelliemuller@email.phoenix.edu
    Moodle Teacher/Admin Trainer
    Mindfulness Practitioner
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  • 7.  RE: ESL Sustainability

    Posted 05-10-2022 12:59 PM
    Hi Nellie,

    I am just so happy to learn we can be part of a larger group and bring our students along.

    I understand there is a process in place in the TESOL bylaws to work on a cooperative initiative.

    If you get a chance,  read the email by Janice.

    I am going to read the bylaws.


    Neela



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    Neela Chatterjee
    Instructor
    City College of San Francisco
    United States
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  • 8.  RE: ESL Sustainability

    Posted 05-10-2022 09:56 AM
    Hi,
    Sustainability is something that we all need to consider in our lives and for the future.
    I think the process for getting a TESOL International Position Statement passed may be outlined in the by-laws.
    Check those out. I have attended the business meeting in past years and have seen resolutions proposed there.
    Best Wishes,

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    Janice Cate, NBCT
    ESL Teacher
    Retired
    Mississippi
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  • 9.  RE: ESL Sustainability

    Posted 04-10-2022 06:01 PM
    Hi Neela - I work with my graduate students at Auburn University to create ESL lessons around topics of sustainability to teach to a Community English Class as part of my methods courses. I also took a faculty workshop about how to incorporate issues of sustainability into my courses and this seemed like a logical way. I direct my students to the United Nations 17 goals for sustainable development as a springboard for choosing topics of interest.  I'm glad to see Nellie and Nikki's posts adding to our understanding of how TESOL is and can be involved in this important global topic.  I'm interested in joining this TESOL discussion more explicitly. Thanks for broaching the topic.


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    Jamie Harrison
    Associate Professor
    Auburn University
    United States
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  • 10.  RE: ESL Sustainability

    Posted 06-10-2022 11:50 AM
    Edited by Susan Huss-Lederman 06-10-2022 11:50 AM
    Hi, Everyone!
    So excited to see that there is a PLN devoted to sustainability. I'd like to share the link to the Google Site focused on English language education for sustainability that I prepared for English language educators in Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay. This is a component of virtual professional development that I recently offered as an English Language Specialist through the Regional English Language Office in Lima, Peru--part of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the US Department of State. I will periodically update the site with new resources. In addition to resources, there is a link to a public Padlet that contains "project sketches" prepared by participating English language instructors. I hope you find some of these resources to be useful, and I am eager to learn more from this PLN.
    Kind regards,
    Susan Huss-Lederman


  • 11.  RE: ESL Sustainability

    Posted 06-10-2022 11:58 AM





  • 12.  RE: ESL Sustainability

    Posted 15-10-2022 08:02 AM
    Thank you for sharing these resources, Susan! I will be diving into them and sharing with my students who are designing lesson plans around these topics.
    Take care,
    Jamie


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    Jamie Harrison
    Associate Professor
    Auburn University
    United States
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  • 13.  RE: ESL Sustainability

    Posted 17-10-2022 12:05 PM
    Dear Friends & Colleagues ~

    Oh, my goodness! I just discovered ELT Footprint, a community devoted to sustainability within and without the ELT/ESL/EFL worlds.

    Their website has incredible information, material, resources, and links to all their social media -- LinkedIn page and group, Facebook group, and Twitter account.

    eltfootprint.org

    What a treasure!

    Best wishes,
    Laura

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    Laura J. Peskin
    Independent Educational Writer
    New York, USA

    "The ability to speak our own truth in our own words is power."

    Dr. Jill Biden
    Cherokee Nation's Cherokee Immersion School
    Tahlequah, Oklahoma, USA
    December 2021
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  • 14.  RE: ESL Sustainability

    Posted 30 days ago
    Hi Neela,

    Thank you for brining such an important topic for us to discuss!

    Susan Huss-Lederman and I have been discussing how PBL might be a great option for designing curriculum and catching student's interest.

    See below for great insight that Susan shared:

    Hi, Raya--

    There are many wonderful resources for K-12 educators available from PBL Works. Many of these high-quality resources are free once you have established an account. I also appreciate the work of educator and PD specialist John Spencer. Both of these sources will provide ideas to work in K-12 contexts. I also recommend that you consider ideas offered by Beckett and Slater (2005) on integrating reflection on language development throughout projects. Beckett and Slater have published quite a bit in this area since then, mostly focused on higher education contexts.

    As far as tips go, I think it is important to make sure that topics are relevant and of high interest to learners and that we offer them as much choice as we can in the PBL process, as well as opportunities to reflect on how their English proficiency develops throughout a project. When planning a PBL unit, we need to consider where we, as teachers, might need to directly focus on structural elements of English.

    In the schools of the Galapagos Islands (where I conduct ongoing work with another PBL project), K-12 teachers across the disciplines implement several interdisciplinary projects focused on locally identified sustainability topics throughout the academic year. Secondary English language teachers have reported to me that their students enjoy the collaborative process of learning English through PBL. They are proud that they can communicate essential ideas that reflect and build upon what they are learning in core content areas. 

    How about others' experiences?

    Susan

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    Raya Womack
    EL Specialist
    National Heritage Academy
    United States
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