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Dear Colleagues,  
Some time ago I posted a discussion of how to develop an ESL curriculum
which would satisfy mandates for a specific curriculum and at the same
time accomodate the broad range of teachers, students, and educational
situations in our school.  At our year-end retreat we finally were able
to make a statement that summarizes our  position, as follows:

After much discussion within the ESL department, we have decided that a
multi-level, process- oriented ESL curriculum would be most beneficial
to our students and teachers.  We have instituted a process of monthly
ESL meetings where teachers get together and share activities they have
used during the month and/or activities that are generally successful
for them .  Using these activities as a base and combining them with
current educational research on multi-level curriculum as well as the
Oregon Skill Level Descriptors we hope to establish some activities that
will serve as a base for the ESL classes at TVCC.  It is not our desire
to force teaching strategies on teachers who already have their own
established methodologies which work well for them.  The intent of
sustained sharing with other teachers is that commonalities will emerge
and the sharing process itself will bring about a sense of consistency
among the teachers and within the department.    

Two articles were very helpful in this discussion.  For a definition of
a process-oriented curriculum, "An Introduction to Syllabus Design &
Evaluation" by Roberto Rabbini, Internet TESL Journal, Vol VIII No. 5,
May 2002

For an example of a multi-level curriculum, "Four by Four Thematic
Planning:  Model Activities for Language Learners" compiled by Jill
Kerper Mora of San Diego State University

The listserve is a place to learn new things and get valuable
information.  I hopes this helps someone out there.


Mona Curtis
ESL Coordinator
Treasure Valley Community College
650 College Blvd. 
Ontario, OR 97914
541-881-8822 x 316
fax 541-881-2747

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