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Wittner partners in learning leslla 2011


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Wittner partners in learning leslla 2011

  1. 1. Partners in Learning: College Students and Workers at the University of Virginia<br />LESLLA Conference 2011<br />Presented by Elizabeth Wittner<br />Academic Director, <br />Center for American English Language and Culture, University of Virginia<br />October 1, 2011<br />11:30-12:15<br />
  2. 2. Agenda<br />Seeds of the idea<br /> Evolution: Toward a more inclusive definition of “University Community”<br />But we’re not teachers!: Students from conversation partners to literacy/English mentors<br />Challenges and unexpected benefits<br />Discussion<br />
  3. 3. Why a Workplace ESL Program?<br />Personal/professional connection to LESLLA populations <br />UVA –IRC<br />UVA student ethos<br />
  4. 4. 1999 12 Classroom Volunteers<br />
  5. 5. Class is over!!<br />
  7. 7. University Community Re-defined<br />VOLUNTEERS WITH INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS, SCHOLARS AND STAFF!<br />
  8. 8. The Workplace Program: Many iterations<br />Evolving, flexible program starting its 4th year<br />Language Consultants<br />Conversation group<br />Traditional Class<br />Theme based Workshop<br />
  9. 9. “Language Consultants”<br />Meet during break time in pairs:<br />volunteer and service-employee ELL<br />
  10. 10. Conversation Group<br />Meet, mingle, chat for an hour of relaxed English conversation, twice a week. <br />
  11. 11. We want a “Class”<br />Large group lesson<br />Rotate to different stations to practice<br />Classroom community<br />Some pairing off<br />
  12. 12. Workplace Workshop: Go at your own pace<br />
  13. 13. Interns’ curriculum units, fall 2010<br />Health [emotion, condition, illness, body parts, describing people]<br />Time/Seasons/Calendar <br />Food/Nutrition<br /> Shopping<br />Housing/Community?<br />Transportation/Directions (Address)<br />Employment/Jobs<br />Traditions/Celebrations<br />
  14. 14. Starting off with a mini-lesson<br />
  15. 15. Fanning out into smaller groups<br />
  16. 16. The Interns<br />
  17. 17. All Student Staff<br />
  18. 18. Challenges and Puzzles<br />Volunteers are students<br />Inconsistent support from contractor/employer <br />Few resources and zero funding<br />
  19. 19. So, is it worth it?<br />
  20. 20. Unexpected Benefits<br />
  21. 21. Teaching each other<br />
  22. 22. I've had the pleasure to work with Hawa G., Fatuma and Karama. This has been a rewarding experience that inspired me to continue working with immigrants and refugees. During one of the lessons, the four of us were talking about clothing items and how to wear clothes properly. I remember Karama said that she had to tell a student to zip up his fly using hand gestures because she didn't know how to say it in English. We exploded into a communal almost endless laughter. I will never forget this experience. Or these people. :) -- Vera Melo, Workplace ESLA<br />
  23. 23. Questions and Discussion<br />