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Tonya Creamer

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Transcript of Transition

Dorchester ESL

2010-2011 2011-2012 2012-2013
4 CRC's 15 CRC's 12 CRC's
7% 22% 25% Transitioning the ESL Student "The greatest impact
[on a successful ESl transition rate] was on the delivery ...
[of] a well-coordinated,
well-articulated system
for learner transition." THE BIG IDEA ASSESSMENT "Program staff intending to efficiently transition ESL learners to ABE will need valid and reliable assessments." TRANSITION CLASS They aren't prepared
for ABE/ASE work:

Grammar and vocabulary
Reading speed and ability
Analytical skills Who are our students? From 2000-2011, South Carolina had a 91.4% growth in immigrant population. We rank 2nd
in the US for percentage growth! SC 2011 foreign-born= 221,933
SC 2011 foreign-born not citizens= 147,115 (66%)
SC 2011 foreign-born 18-24= 24,456
SC 2011 foreign-born 25-54= 130,723
SC 2011 foreign-born 55+= 49,299
SC2011 foreign-born employed 16+= 131,158 (64% of 18+ total)
approximately 60% of total employed
Data from http://www.migrationinformation.org/datahub/state.cfm?ID=SC 2011:
221,933 immigrant residents of South Carolina
(@ 5%) 66% are not citizens 11% 18-24 years-old
59% 25-54 years-old
22% 55+ years-old 44% speak English "less than very well" 28% do not have a highschool diploma 26% have a 4+ year degree!! @ 60% of 16+ year-olds ARE employed 2012-2013 Data 78% of those
transitioned from
2010-2011 OR EARLIER!! What does that tell you about long-term
GAIN OPPORTUNITY with this population?? 13% 87% 5900 790 Why does this matter to me?
I don't have an ESL program.
Why should I care? We have enough trouble with 60 hour retention as it is!
Why doesn't someone tell the rookie to shut her pie hole?
But aren't we already doing a good job with ESL in SC? Only 13% of our current students
have transitioned out of ESL
into our ABE/ASE programs...

If we can do better,
why haven't we? Fear!!! Students quit attending or ask to stay
with their ESL class
even when they test ready for ABE Immigrants are unaware of services and procedures of the American adult education system BARRIERS TO TRANSITION ESL students want:

to help their children
to get a better job
to attain citizenship
to obtain a GED / diploma The isolation
and separation from the ESL community harms motivation What is the answer?
How can we help them? INSTRUCTION Borden, David and Debbie Talavera. 2007. Creating a Successful ESL to ABE
Transition Class. Literacy Links 11, no. 1 (April 6), http://www-tcal.tamu.edu/newsletr/apr07/apr07e.html. Solorzano, Ronald W. 1994. "Instruction and Assessment for Limited-English Proficient Adult Learners." Philadelphia, PA: National Centeron Adult Literacy. BEST Plus
BEST Literacy
TABE Language
Formative Assessment When?
Not every assessment works for all students.
Gain is important!! ESL Transition students were better prepared and more successful with instruction in math vocabulary, theme-based integrated content units and an introduction to the GED subject areas. Borden, David and Debbie Talavera. 2007. "Creating a Successful ESL to ABE Transition Class." Literacy Links 11, no. 1 (April 6), http://www-tcall.tamu.edu/newsletr/apr07/apr07e.html. Curriculum and Activities
Common Core
Work Keys / CRC's How do I do WorkKeys
with my ESL students?
You're crazy!
Is that even possible? 2010-2013
Greenville Literacy
Dorchester Reeves, Jenelle R. 2006. Secondary Teacher Attitudes Toward Including English Language Learners in
Mainstream Classrooms. Lincoln, Nebraska: University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Merino, Barbara J., Fabian Samaniego, Henry Trueba, Evelyn Castaneda, and Chaudry, Lubna. 1993. Language
Minority Native Spanish Speakers at the Secondary Level and the Role of the Foreign Language Teacher. Peabody Journal of Education 69: 152-171.
Sakash, Karen, and Flora Rodriguez-Brown. 1995. Teamworks: Mainstream and Bilingual/ESL Teacher
Collaboration. NCBE Program Information Guide, Series 24. Washington DC: National Clearinghouse for Bilingual Education. Rance-Roney, Judith. "Transitioning Adult ESL Learners to Academic Programs." Center for Adult English
Language Acquisition. July 1995. http://www.cal.org/caela/esl_resources/digests/RANCE.html HOW TO TRANSITION Orientation
Linking of curricula
GED student shadowing
Field trips to ABE / ASE classes The Arlington Adult Learning System in Virginia
represented a model for transitioning adult learners ESL.

The program served 190 adults during its 2-year duration
with a 72-97% transition rate at the adult school. Borden, David, and Debbie Talavera. 2007. Creating a successful ESL to ABE transition class. Literacy Links 11,
no. 1 (April 6), http://www-tcall.tamu.edu/newsletr/apr07/apr07e.html. Designed for students who "top out" on BEST Plus but who are not ready for ABE. Math
Academic Language Skills
Access to Transition Specialists Challenging but attainable tasks
Metacognitive / Critical thinking activities
Some focus on language accuracy or 'careful language'
Extensive reading and writing
Multiple skill integration
Vocabulary development
Knowledge of HOW to transition TEACHER
TRAINING Professional development for BOTH ESL and ABE teachers ESL Strategies for ABE/ASE Teachers
Team Teaching /Co-teaching
Peer Teacher Observations
Shared Class Activities
Student Tutoring
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