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The Bernard L. Schwartz Communication Institute
in partnership with SACC and Tools for Clear Speech
A Faculty Development Roundtable Discussion
Supporting ESL Students' Oral Communication in the Classroom: A Cross-Curriculum Challenge
Tuesday, October 1, 12:30-2:00pm, NVC 14-280
From: Suzanne Epstein, Interim Director, Bernard L. Schwartz Communication Institute
This faculty roundtable will consider issues that arise in classrooms across the curriculum regarding oral communication and ESL, and will focus on practical classroom strategies. ESL students can sometimes lack the intelligibility and clear speech skills to engage in classroom activities, leaving them too intimidated to speak up, and thus incapable of entering a meaningful dialogue for deeper understanding. This workshop will address these challenges, as well as offer advice on how to design classroom activities that encourage participation from ESL students. Nancy Boblett of Columbia Teacher's College and Hunter College will provide some specific suggestions on how to ask students to repeat themselves, or how to manage oral participation requirements with students who have trouble speaking and being understood. Other topics will include how to give adequate feedback and offer relevant resources; how to manage grading fairness among the native and nonnative English speakers; and how to appropriately recommend our student support services such as Tools for Clear Speech and the ESL Speech Lab.
Lunch will be served. Adjuncts will be compensated for their time at the non-teaching adjunct rate.
RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or (646) 312-2060. When you RSVP, please feel free to include an assignment you are planning to use, or one you have already used, but wish to modify to achieve your desired outcomes.