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Looking for Online Course Content for ESL?

Posted on 10/10/2011


OTAN is offering two shared courses using the Moodle course management system. They can be placed on an agency or district Moodle server, or be hosted and supported by OTAN. These courses are licensed under Creative Commons and provided at no cost to California Adult Education agencies receiving Workforce Investment Act Title II funding.

The USA Learns Second Course Wrap-around provides additional activities aligned with the USA Learns Second Course for Intermediate ESL students. Students can continue practicing vocabulary and writing through additional activities, assignments, and assessments. These supplemental materials provide teachers and students with an online environment where they can collaborate with each other using online discussions and interactive chats. Each unit provides comprehensive tests as well as individual quizzes on separate topics. Moodle allows teachers to track student progress and easily provide feedback and support.

The Advanced ESL course is a robust 18-unit course covering traditional life-skills topics such as Occupations, Careers – Education and Training, Computers and Technology, and many more. Each unit contains relevant vocabulary, grammar, lessons, quizzes, topic-based online discussions and other activities where students perform different tasks within the course.

Interested administrators and teachers can preview the courses at the OTAN Moodle Web site. Select Examples of Shared Courses and, when prompted, log in as a guest. As a guest, you will not be able to complete any of the assessments, but you will be able to view the structure of the course. Agencies can request a copy of a course through the link provided on the course home page. (There is a block in the upper-right corner of the course home page.) 

OTAN will support these courses by providing technical support for teachers new to using Moodle, and providing online orientations to the course content by the course developers. Orientation sessions are currently scheduled and you are encouraged to register for them.

USA Learns Second Course Wrap-around
November 2, 2011 and February 16, 2012

Advanced ESL

October 18, 2011 and January 23, 2012

For further information please contact Penny Pearson at ppearson@otan.us or 916-228-2753.