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A New Look at ESL Beginning Literacy for Adults

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How do we reach our adult students with a mature approach to beginning literacy? How much input can learners with little to no literacy in their own language handle without being overwhelmed? The presenters will review the difference between literacy instruction for children and for adults. Come and learn a thoughtful approach to helping our students hold fast to what they already know while developing skills more efficiently and successfully. 


Rob Jenkins

Rob Jenkins is a popular presenter and author of English as a Second Language topics. He is a retired faculty member from Santa Ana College School of Continuing Education where he taught ESL for 27 years and served as faculty development coordinator for 20. He was honored with several faculty awards from his college and the Best Practice of Model Program Award in 2013 from the Association of Community and Continuing Education. Rob and Staci Johnson received the 2013 Heinle Outstanding Achievement Award from National Geographic Learning for their textbook series, Stand Out.  


Staci Johnson

Ever since I can remember, I’ve been fascinated with other cultures and languages. I love to travel and every place I go, the first thing I want to do is meet the people, learn their language, and understand their culture. Becoming an ESL teacher was a perfect way to turn what I love to do into my profession. There’s nothing more incredible than the exchange of teaching and learning from one another that goes on in an ESL classroom. And there’s nothing more rewarding than helping a student succeed.

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