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Lp catesol executive summary orientation presentation

  1. 1. The "Executive Summary" For IEP Student Orientation By Michael Q. Larson – Center Director for ELS Language Centers/Santa Barbara
  2. 2. Orientation Timeline <ul><li>08:00 – 09:00 Coffee and snacks, photocopying of immigration documents, insurance </li></ul><ul><li>09:00 – 10:30 Placement testing and Interviews </li></ul><ul><li>10:30 – 12:00 Photographing of Students, tour of downtown Santa Barbara </li></ul><ul><li>12:00 – 13:00 Lunch at a local restaurant </li></ul>
  3. 3. Orientation Timeline <ul><li>13:00 – 14:30 Orientation: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Introduction to Orientation Bag </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Academic Orientation </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Immigration and Safety Orientation </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Activity Calendar and Weekend Trip Orientation </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Orientation Quiz for prizes </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>14:30 – 15:00 Students divided for Homestay and Student Residence Orientations </li></ul>
  4. 4. ELS/Santa Barbara Orientation Bag
  5. 5. ELS/Santa Barbara Student Handbook
  6. 6. Santa Barbara Car-Free Map
  7. 7. Santa Barbara Services List
  8. 8. Student Photos <ul><li>We photograph all new students individually and in groups. </li></ul><ul><li>We send the photographs with our safe arrival emails to counseling agents and to families of the student. </li></ul><ul><li>We also make these photos, and all photos we take, available on our Picassa Photo Gallery (we obtain a release waiver from all students). </li></ul><ul><li>The student can share these photos with friends and family through this public website. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Student Photos
  10. 10. Tour of Santa Barbara
  11. 11. Tour of Santa Barbara
  12. 12. Highlights of Orientation <ul><li>Students are usually exhausted by the time they arrive in Orientation, so we try to make orientation as fun and interactive as possible. It is important to use sheltered speech and to gauge students’ comprehension through non-verbal cues. </li></ul><ul><li>If we notice students seem tired, we get them out of their chairs to stretch, which always elicits a smile. </li></ul>
  13. 13. Highlights of Orientation <ul><li>Even though our handbook is only four pages long, we do not try to cover everything – just the critical information we wish to impart. </li></ul><ul><li>Each administrator covers his or her domain: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The Academic Director talks about study skills, academic honesty, the curriculum and grading scale. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The Student Advisor talks about activities, safety and immigration rules. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The Resident Advisor and Homestay Coordinator cover their respective housing rules and expectations separately. </li></ul></ul>
  14. 14. Highlights of Orientation <ul><li>We convert all long website URLs into tinyurl.com addresses so they can remember them easily (tinyurl.com/elssb) and write them on the whiteboard. </li></ul><ul><li>We always introduce helpful activity calendars: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Edhat.com (Santa Barbara Blog) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Meetup.com (A curated and categorized list of local events that are open to the public) </li></ul></ul>
  15. 15. Highlights of Orientation <ul><li>We heavily emphasize safety, and make sure everyone understands what an “emergency” is, and how to call 911. We make them repeat “911” and cover it in the quiz section. </li></ul><ul><li>After everything is covered, we conduct an oral quiz and give out small prizes such as candy. This gives students an opportunity to revisit content, further cementing it. </li></ul>
  16. 16. Personal Class Schedule
  17. 17. For Late-comers <ul><li>Not all of our students arrive for our monthly start dates. </li></ul><ul><li>In this case, we give the student an abbreviated one-on-one orientation and tour that takes about 30 minutes. </li></ul>
  18. 18. For Late-comers <ul><li>We give the student the Orientation Bag and explain the most important academic, safety and immigration rules. </li></ul><ul><li>If the student has a car, we show him or her the parking lot. If he or she is on-foot, walk him to the bus station. </li></ul>
  19. 19. For Late-comers <ul><li>If the student needs a mobile phone or a bank account, we hand them pre-printed Google Maps accordingly. </li></ul><ul><li>The student later receives housing and activity orientation during weekly-designated times. </li></ul>
  20. 20. <ul><li>Walkthrough: The Tour </li></ul>
  21. 28. <ul><li>Walkthrough: Orientation </li></ul>
  22. 34. Small Group Discussion <ul><li>In groups of three (including one scribe), discuss: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What do you emphasize in your orientation? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>How do you overcome jet-lag and information overload? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What are some school- or location-specific quirks you “orient” around? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Any funny anecdotes that have altered your orientation procedure? </li></ul></ul>
  23. 35. Closing and Questions <ul><li>Check out our photo gallery at: </li></ul><ul><li>tinyurl.com/ELSSB </li></ul><ul><li>Check out our Center Video at: </li></ul><ul><li>Tinyurl.com/ELSSBcv </li></ul><ul><li>This presentation is available at: </li></ul><ul><li>tinyurl.com/ELSSBorientation </li></ul>