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Reflection

May 22nd, 2011 by Claire Molholm · Uncategorized

I apologize for the late blog posts. I only recently learned how to use the blog although I had been keeping journal entries over the course of the semester. I loved taking this private reading. I learned so much about immigration and how to teach ESL and convey information. This class has inspired me and I think this a direction I want to go into in the future. I am now really interested in immigrant law and next year want to find a means to keep teaching ESL and learning about this subject matter. As well some of my classmates and I discussed ways to raise awareness on campus which would be an interesting thing to incorporate in to a private reading.

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4-7

May 22nd, 2011 by Claire Molholm · Uncategorized

This was my final ESL lesson and I think my most successful. Juju was unavailable to come but we planned the lesson together. We wanted to focus on the past tense which we had done in the past but it was too overwhelming. When I first got there though there were very few students. I decided to hold off on my lesson and asked them what they wanted to do. We read through an article in National Geographic together. I thought the way we did this was very effective. We would a read a sentence out loud together. I was ask them what words they didn’t know and then would ask them to explain the sentence in their own words and then tie back the previous sentences we had just read. I think this really helped them understand the article. Seeing how successful that exercise was I decided to begin my lesson anyhow. We played hangman in which I gave them a list of a present tense verbs. I would choose a word and then they guess it. Afterwards I would do the past tense of the verb, all of these verbs were irregular. Afterwards we went around making sentences with the present tense and then the past tense version of the verb. I think this was incredibly helpful in engraining these verbs into their vocabulary which is a very difficult task. Afterward we review and they would clearly remember the past tense versions of the verbs we had done.

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Immigration Reform

May 22nd, 2011 by Claire Molholm · Uncategorized

This week Becky and I gave a presentation on immigration reform. It was a little nerve racking because we didn’t get the chance to meet for very long and Becky was only able to come into the lesson half way through. I had not known very much about immigration reform prior to working on this presentation. I learned about IRCA, REPAIR, CIR ASAP, Ag-jobs, Obama’s secure communities. I was really fascinated by the difference in the reform of REPAIR and CIR ASAP. Although there were evident problems with CIR ASAP, I thought it was a promising proposal. At the end of our presentation we had a discussion about what would be the ideal reforms and how do we deal with these issues and everyone as a whole recognized how complicated this was. In our inability to come up with a solution, it made me realize that CIR ASAP seemed to be an appropriate middle ground.

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4-30

May 22nd, 2011 by Claire Molholm · Uncategorized

This week Juju and I did my lesson that I planned a few weeks ago. We were unable to do it last week as well because there were only 3 students who were beginners, so we helped Cyndi with her lesson. I think this lesson was pretty effective. We gave out sheets of vocabulary on physical descriptions and reviewed what them meant. Afterwards we gave out a variety of pictures in which they had to describe a person implementing the new vocabulary that they had just learned. I think this was a helpful exercise. Afterwards we decided to play a game. Originally we were supposed to do it in reference to celebrities but we thought it might get too difficult in that they wouldn’t know the same celebrities and wouldn’t be able to recall what they look like. Instead we played a game in which we took name cards and shuffled them and put another class mates’ name on our forehead without knowing who they were. By doing classmates we thought it would be easier to describe them. Then the person would have to ask questions about they looked like using the new vocabulary and others would respond. This game was problematic in that at time it was a little awkward and the person was able to figure out who they were through a process of elimination but it was still helpful in engraining the vocabulary in that it was repetitive and it seemed by the end they felt more comfortable with the words. Afterwards we did some brief conversation topics about how they would describe themselves and what they look for in a mate. We then assigned homework in which they took another picture to describe and were supposed to describe a family member from memory.

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4-16

May 22nd, 2011 by Claire Molholm · Uncategorized

This week I taught the lesson by myself and designed the lesson by myself. I was really happy with my lesson which focused on physical appearance but when I went to teach there was only one student at first and two students came in an hour into the lesson. I decided that I should save my lesson for another week and decided to do tutoring. I asked what they wanted to learn about and as always they said they wanted to improve their writing. I gave them questions to answer such as what did you do for easter and do you like to cook and what do you like to cook. Although I thought that these would stimulate long answers, I’ve realized they have a hard time writing lengthy answers that include a comprehensive and fluid narrative. I also recognized that they have an incredibly difficult time spelling. I think I really need to address this in the future. I would go around and try to provoke more response in their writing and help them think through their sentence structure and spelling. I think it was good for them to have so much personal attention during this session even if it was somewhat disorganized.

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4-4

May 22nd, 2011 by Claire Molholm · Uncategorized

This week Juju and I decided to make our lesson plan health. I’m not sure how effective it was though. We gave out an immense amount of vocabulary discussing health conditions, doctors offices, diagnosis, and treatment. Our students seemed to be engaged and told us they understood, but seemed that it went over their head a bit. We then passed out worksheets in which they had to identify what illness the drawings were depicting. Afterwards we asked them to write a dialogue between a doctor and patient. I think this task might have been too vague and daunting and everyone was feeling goofy, so they didn’t write anything but just acted out silly scenes in which they were laughing and not taking the task very seriously. This took up more time than we anticipated. We were planning on reading out loud a voicemail message at the doctor’s office, so they could practice is listening comprehension in a manner that was practical to their lives.

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3-22

May 22nd, 2011 by Claire Molholm · Uncategorized

Juju and my last session (3/12) went reactively well. We focused on transportation, introducing vocabulary about different types of vehicles and parts of vehicles as well as verbs about traveling. Afterwards we asked them to write 3 sentences about a trip they had taken using the new vocabulary. They didn’t understand the concept of writing sentences that were connected but instead wrote 3 sentences about different things. We then had a list of conversation starters on transportation. Originally we wanted them to work in pairs but then recognized that they were not comfortable doing that. So Juju and I split the group into two and sat with them and tried to push conversation. This went relatively well, but people did not have a lot to say and I had to move the conversation forward a lot. Afterwards we read a short piece on transportation, traffic jams, and the oil crisis. We went around and each said a line. I would then ask them what words confused them and then we would try to make sense of the sentence. As we were reading they seemed to give signs that they were comprehending the piece but when it came to answering the questions at the end they struggled a lot. I also think it was a weird dynamic being in a group of 5, in that some spoke more than others, but I also feel like they often don’t know how to approach things like conversations and reading comprehension independently (in smaller groups without a facilitator.) I think this lesson could have been better if we integrated more games – it seemed a little bit too dry and not engaging enough. It was helpful though having a theme in comparison to the lesson before when we didn’t have a context for the grammar we were trying to teach.

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Hello world!

February 22nd, 2011 by Claire Molholm · Uncategorized

Welcome to your blog. This is your first post. Edit or delete it, then start blogging!

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