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ESL Insights – New KQED Education Blog

Posted on 03/29/2013

ESL Insights

In February 2013 KQED Education launched ESL Insights External link opens in new window or tab, a blog that offers a space for ESL educators to explain what they do, share ideas and media rich resources and engage in discussion about what inspires them and what challenges them. Posts are written for and by ESL practitioners.

The post on February 27, 2013 External link opens in new window or tab looks at the population of Generation 1.5 students. The article offers this definition "The term is used to describe students who are neither first nor second generation immigrants - hence, 1.5. They live somewhere between those two traditional terms and have a broad range of characteristics". Coming from a complex cultural Position, this demographic may require language teaching approaches that differ from both their ESL and native counterparts.

The post on March 26, 2013 External link opens in new window or tab, written by Gregory Keech, the elected chair of the Department of English as a Second Language (ESL) at City College of San Francisco starts with a following paragraph:

"Governor Brown's recent proposal to move adult education into the community college sphere was unanimously rejected External link opens in new window or tab on March 19th by the Assembly Budget Subcommittee on Education Finance but the discussion generated is bound to continue. The committee did not disagree with the goal but rather the details of implementation. The Legislative Analysts Office has weighed in on the subject External link opens in new window or tab, and practitioners in both arenas - adult education and community college noncredit - are concerned. (SeeWhat's Happening to Adult Education External link opens in new window or tab? on ESL Insights)"

To hear more and share your views about Generation 1.5, visit the blog External link opens in new window or tab. ESL Insights invites your comments and experiences.