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Pathways experiential learning course

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The Experiential Course is part of Vancouver Community College's ESL-Pathways Certificate program. It is the capstone course for Canadian Language Benchmark Levels 7 and 9.

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Pathways experiential learning course

  1. 1. Session 10: Experiential Learning
  2. 2. This project is made possible through funding from the Government of Canada and the Province of British Columbia.
  3. 3. Bridging the classroom with life experiences and needs
  4. 4. Experiential Learning • 4 weeks – Full time - 3 hours per day in class – Remaining hours outside class • 2 classes – Experiential Learning 1: CLB 7 – Experiential Learning 2: CLB 9
  5. 5. The Experiential Learning Cycle
  6. 6. Reflection: Mei Lin “When I came here I still was not willing to speak English because I thought my English was poor. Then I was in a vicious circle. After several times trying [to speak to daycare staff], I found it was not as difficult as I thought. I learned from this project that jumping right in [is a] better perspective to learn a language.”
  7. 7. Instructor and Student roles • What is the role of the instructor in Experiential Learning? • What is the role of the student?
  8. 8. Instructor and Student Roles
  9. 9. Individualized Learning Plan • Goal statement • Communication needs • Actions for the month • Prioritization of actions • Self evaluation • Resources • Weekend action plan
  10. 10. Project Goals I want to ________ (communication goal) so I can_______ (target activity) in/at/with _______ (specific context)
  11. 11. Project Goals Personal: • I want to improve my small talk skills (communication goal) so I can feel confident in casual conversations (target activity) at my daughter’s school (specific context).
  12. 12. Project Goals Academic: • I want to practice negotiating skills (communication goal) so I can do group project work (target activity) in a university course (specific context).
  13. 13. Project Goals Workplace: • I want to research and experiment with e- mail styles (communication goal) so I can write messages (target activity) more appropriate to my current workplace (specific context).
  14. 14. Student projects: Astrid
  15. 15. Project Goal for Astrid I want to ________ (communication goal) so I can_______ (target activity) in/at/with _______ (specific context)
  16. 16. Only 4 weeks! Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Create a project goal and plan Go through the Experiential Learning cycle Begin project actions (1st Weekend Action Plan) Research and continue actions Work on Component Tasks in class Receive coaching Apply Component Tasks outside of class Research and continue actions Work on Component Tasks in class Receive coaching Apply Component Tasks outside of class Start final assignments Finish project Present to class Hand in final written reflective narrative
  17. 17. Class time - 4 Activities • Planning to reach a goal • Researching language and culture • Communicating in authentic contexts • Using strategies for continuous learning
  18. 18. Activity: Planning to reach a goal – Set a goal – Create an Individualized Learning Plan
  19. 19. Activity: Researching Language and Culture – Ethnographic research – Text analysis
  20. 20. Activity: Communicating in Authentic Contexts – Cultural Mapping – Peer Interviewing – Communicating about oneself
  21. 21. Activity: Using Strategies for Continuous Learning – Complete an Experiential Learning Cycle – Reflect and Articulate Learning – Create a future Individualized Learning Plan
  22. 22. Assessment • Three components: – Evidence of project work (assessed holistically) – Final oral presentation (assessed by rubric) – Final written reflective narrative (assessed by rubric)
  23. 23. Reflection: Patricia
  24. 24. Reflection: Jun Compared to my previous English learning, I am not only learning about language and culture, but also learning about myself and my own learning process throughout the course.
  25. 25. Reflection: Adelina This doesn't mean that I am ready. It is just the beginning of the path I will walk now, being more aware of many ways to continue my experiential learning as [an] English learner. I will be ready to learn even being in the bus, or sitting in a coffee [shop], watching how people communicate, observing, listening, watching, researching, being open and aware of all possibilities to learn every day.
  • pallavi1982pal

    Sep. 18, 2017

The Experiential Course is part of Vancouver Community College's ESL-Pathways Certificate program. It is the capstone course for Canadian Language Benchmark Levels 7 and 9.

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