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USALearns.org Web-based Learning for ESL Students Presented by: Evelyn Fella [email protected] TESOL March 2010 Boston

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This is an overview of the features of USALearns.org, a free Web site designed to help ESL students improve their English skills outside of a traditional classroom.

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Page 1: Engaging Adult ESL Online Learners with USALearns

USALearns.org

Web-based Learning for ESL Students

Presented by:

Evelyn Fella [email protected]

TESOL March 2010 Boston

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AGENDA

• USALearns Components & Requirements

• Course Features

• Teacher Site Overview

• Implementation Tips

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What is U.S.A. Learns?

A free Web site for immigrant adults who want to improve their

English language skills

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Who created U.S.A.Learns?

Funded by:

U.S. Dept. of Education, Office of Vocational and Adult Education

Developed by:

Sacramento County Office of Education with

Project IDEAL, University of Michigan

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Who is the target audience?

Immigrant Adults with

limited opportunities for attending traditional classes

beginning or intermediate English language skills

(NRS levels 2 through 5)

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What computer skills are required?

Mouse: Click and scroll

Keyboard: Letters, backspace, shift key, space bar

Web browser: • Open a browser (e.g. IE, Safari)• Navigate a basic Web site • Click buttons and links

Microphone: optional

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What are the hardware requirements?

• Fast Internet connection at least 384 Kbps or faster; no dial-up connections

• Up-to-date Web browser with Flash plug-in

• Sound card

• Speakers or headphones

• Microphone (optional)

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What are the content components?

1st English Course: Beginner20 video-based units: Survival language topics

2nd English Course: Intermediate20 video-story based units: Job & Life Skills

topics

Practice English and Reading: Intermediate42 stories: Various topics

Teacher Management SiteMonitor progress and scores; comment on writing

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Main Menu

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What are the features of USAL?

High Quality Video• characters, situations and stories relevant to

immigrants

Language Development Activities • 4-Skills practice with video, images, audio

Clean Intuitive Design • simple navigation; easy-to-see buttons; consistent screen templates

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Classroom Video - 1st Course

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Situational Video - 1st Course

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First English Course

Unit Menu

Unit menu - 1st Course

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2nd English Course Topic Menu

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Video - 2nd Course

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Video with Text - 2nd Course

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Practice English and Reading Topic Menu

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Practice English and Reading - Story Sample

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Review of 3 Core Content Components

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Language Development Activities

Skills practice in: Listening, Reading, Writing, Speaking

Special focus on: Vocabulary, Life Skills, Grammar

Media-rich activitiesVideo, images, sound

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Activities Menu

Activities Menu

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Learn New Words1st Course

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Learn New Words (Intermediate Vocabulary)

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Spell It!

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Match Game

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Listen for it!

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Say it! - Record your Voice

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Grammar - Writing

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Life Skills - Listening and Reading

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Life Skills - Reading a Lease

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Write about it!

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Thinking Skills - Drawing Conclusions

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Making Choices -You Predict

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Self-Reflection - Learning Log

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usalearns.org

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Teacher Management Site

usalearns.org/teacher

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What can I do at the Teacher site?

Create an online class. Monitor students’ progress and scores. Score/comment on writing assignments. Post messages to the online class

View/download Scope and Sequence. Story summaries Vocabulary word lists Grammar Life Skills; functions

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Teacher Main Menu

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Teacher Registration

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Teacher Home Page

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Add a New Class

Students need Class Password, Teacher Last Name & class web address

usalearns.org/class

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Manage Classes Menu

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Class Roster

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Student Scores-Activity Menu

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Feedback on Student Writing

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Teacher messages

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3 USAL Components!

Independent Learner Site usalearns.org

Teacher Management Site usalearns.org/teacher• Class Site usalearns.org/class

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U.S.A. Learns

Implementation Tips

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Good Language Learner Habits

Encourage students to:

Spend about 30 minutes a day rather than speeding through all the content in one sitting.

View videos 2 or 3 times with and without the script.

Practice speaking either with a mic or simply speaking out loud.

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Good Language Learner Habits

Encourage students to:

Keep a learning journal for new words, expressions, questions, writing practice.

Set personal goals and self-monitor.

Connect learning in their real-world environment -- signs, billboards, newspapers, listening-in to others.

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Tips for Teachers

Register on the Teacher site and be sure students use the Class site.

Give students a personal orientation tour of the site and show how to best use it.

Monitor your student’s progress online and communicate with them regularly.

If possible set up a class web site with links, or a social network for online discussion.

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Tips for Teachers

Familiarize yourself with the content;

check scope and sequence document.

Use the rich video content, storylines, characters for writing assignments, discussion and other activities.

Suggest other online sites to extend and supplement USAL content.

(usalearns.wordpress.com for unit-specific recommendations)

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Questions? Problems? Comments?

Technical Support: [email protected]

Content/implementation: [email protected]

Unit/Topic-Specific supplementary activities: usalearns.wordpress.com