In this workshop, Chantelle Ferguson (Online Language Support) outlines best practices for working with English-language learners in an online class and answers questions. Some of the strategies she discussed are outlines below.
(Workshop date: Fall 2011)
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General Teaching Strategies
- Provide simple step-by-step assignment instructions
- Write clear, direct questions; avoid embedding questions in paragraphs
- Use visual aids such as charts
- Create critique forms or guides for students to complete
- Explain plagiarism and reinforce school policy
- Maintain grading standards for all students
- Use short, simple sentences
- Use common words
- Avoid idioms, colloquial phrases, sarcasm
- Use visual aids, if appropriate
Using AAU Resources
- Refer students to the Online Writing Lab or the Writing Lab on campus
- Require students to show proof of using one of the writing labs
- Communicate with the Online Language Support instructor in your class (if applicable)
- Refer students through the ARC referral form: available on intranet under Resources
- Email Online Language Support if you feel you need support for several students in your class.
Guidelines provided by Chantelle Ferguson, Director of Online Language Support; 415-618-3809.