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ERIC Number: ED513405
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jun
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Development of a Contextualized ESL Bridge Curriculum. Promising Practice
Office of Community College Research and Leadership
Black Hawk College (BHC) is a comprehensive community college serving all or part of nine counties and a population of approximately 224,510 residents in a mostly rural area of north-west Illinois. This practice was fully developed and implemented for the Shifting Gears (SG) initiative during the 2007-08 academic years. Heeding BHC's strategic plans to expand the student base to include their relatively large population of adult education students, the timing of development of the bridge for adult learners was fortuitous. Coinciding with SG, college administrators were looking for a program offering that would provide adults with a credential to secure employment or improve their career opportunities in a relatively short amount of time. Based on several carefully considered factors, the college chose the Transportation, Distribution and Logistics (TDL) industry sector to develop the bridge, as the college's geographic location is a hub of transportation on the Mississippi River and on a major east-west interstate (I-80). Also, the college had existing courses and programs in the logistics area. To help address the educational and employment needs of a relatively large English language learner population (800-900 students annually) the College developed an occupationally contextualized bridge course for English as Second Language (ESL) adult education students interested in careers in TDL. The 16-week, ESL bridge course was developed to address two goals: (1) contextualize a standard adult education ESL course to prepare students to transition into the WDS certificate program; and (2) provide comprehensive support services including tutoring, learning communities, targeted use of instructional software, and career counseling to enhance students' success.
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education; Two Year Colleges
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Illinois Community College Board
Authoring Institution: Illinois University, Office of Community College Research and Leadership
Identifiers - Location: Illinois