http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/insrv/educationandtraining/infolit/cephalonianmethod/index.html: This is an engaging and versatile method for presenting to both large and small groups. It facilitates audience participation and through its colour-coded structure provides an element of surprise and spontaneity. It is suitable for many types of presentations from the classroom to the conference hall. It can be easily adapted according to local preferences and requirements. It has been used in conjunction with clickers technology, presented in the form of a US quiz show and used to enliven traditional library tours. The method was developed for a library orientation session at Cardiff University by Linda Davies and Nigel Morgan based on an idea from the tourist trade on a certain Greek island.
In the Library: Using the Cephalonian Method with English Language Learners
In the Library: Using the
for English Language Learners
Laurie Bridges, Librarian
Oregon State University
American Library Association Annual Conference
ACRL Academic Library Services to International
Students Interest Group Discussion
What is the Cephalonian Method?
• Large and small groups
• Facilitates audience participation
• Uses color-coded structure
• Suitable for many situations (classroom,
• Developed at Cardiff University by Linda
Davies and Nigel Morgan
Our Initial Process (2012)
Team of three:
Two librarians (Anne-Marie Deitering and me) Evening reference
desk manager (Kristin Swetland)
Introduce students to the idea of the library as a partner in their
academic success. Give students some familiarity/experience
with resources and processes that will be unfamiliar to them no
matter how good their high school library was (e.g. reserving
study rooms or finding course reserves).
Our Initial Process (cont.)
Audience: The primary audience for this
workshop will be u-engage (first-year orientation
course) students who are required to attend
one of the library workshops by their instructor.
These students could be required to attend this
specific workshop, or they could be given the
choice of attending
Our Initial Process (cont.)
Learning Outcomes: After completing this workshop,
students will be able to:
– Point to multiple ways to get help from Valley Library
– Locate useful service points in the Valley Library.
– Tell another student about useful services offered by the
– Demonstrate how to to use library services or spaces to
accomplish academic goals, including: completing class
readings and facilitating group study.
Re-Purposed for ELL Students (2013)
• Nearly 4,000 international students at OSU
• INTO OSU Private/Public Partnership
– Nearly 1,500 (of the nearly 4,000)
• Language Learning
• Pathway Language Learning
– Class: American Survival
• 4-6 sections a term
– 1 visit to the library
• Lower-Level English
Why for English Language Learners
(students who have not met TOEFL requirement)?
• Teaching with Visuals (photos in
• Encourage Participation (U.S. classroom
• Background Knowledge (libraries in home
• Academic Vocabulary Development
• Hand out color-coded questions at the
beginning of class.
• “Who has the green question?”
My Chemistry professor said
that I should get help with my
homework in the Mole Hole
What’s a Mole Hole?
Free, drop-in service.
Tutors available after Week 2
Math, Physics, Writing Center,
Chemistry, CAMP & more.
Appointments required for the
• Students select their prizes for asking a
question during class.
– Pins that say OSU Libraries
– Other OSU takeaways
Future Possible Changes
• Group work to discuss and answer questions
afterward (partner learning)
• Handout an outline of the presentation along with
my name and contact
• Introduce a short writing activity (currently read,
listen, and speak, but no writing)
• Activity focused on library (academic)