C.O.D. Library ESL/ABE/GED Faculty Newsletter

October 1, 2008

October Newsletter

Filed under: Newsletter — Jenn @ 10:42 am

C.O.D. Library ESL/ABE/GED Faculty Newsletter

October 2008

Computer Skills

October already!  Here we are a just a matter of weeks from mid-term and in some ways I feel like the semester is only just starting to get rolling for me.  I’ve had quite a few instructors make arrangements for Library orientation sessions for their students and I hope that I will be hearing from more of you this month.  It’s never too late to bring your students into the Library, even if for just a quick tour.

Like many of you, I spend a lot of time on my computer– both at work and at home.  I get most of my news from blogs, I use software to create my calendar and I do almost all of my communication online.  When the power goes out or the College experiences internet “slow downs” I wonder how I ever got along without my computer.  Then I think of the handful of students I meet on a regular basis who are not at all comfortable in this online world, yet want to be.

This month I’ve been thinking about how the Library can best help C.O.D. students– especially our adult students– bridge the digital divide that separates them from some of our most useful resources.  I hope you’ll read my thoughts and share your suggestions.  Click on the link to read my blog post on Basic Computer Skills.


Also, if you feel like you need a refresher for your computer or internet skills (or maybe an introduction!) don’t forget about the great S.O.S. (Smart Online Searcher) Workshops in the Library!  These 1-2 hour workshops are free and available to every member of the C.O.D. community.

Topics range from how to evaluate websites to introductions to new technology like blogs, wikis and Google tools.  Read more at this newsletter’s Workshop page.

Resource of the Month

The New York Times Learning Network is made up of three sections:  Student Connections, Teacher Connections and Parent Connections– each designed to help integrate online news content into literacy development.  The Student Connection combines current event knowledge (stories and quizzes) with vocabulary building, letter-writing skills and verbal test taking skills.  Instructors can use the Teacher Connections area as a place to find ideas on how to integrate current events into the curriculum.  Teacher Connections also provides links to the latest education news from the New York Times.

Latest Resources:  ESL

Public Speaking in American English : A Guide for Non-Native Speakers
Author: Nancy Grass Hemmert
Call Number: PE1127.M3 P75 2007

Conversations for Work
Author: Ellen E. Vacco
Call Number: PE1127.W65 V32 2007

Learning Computers, Speaking English : Cooperative Activities for Learning English and Basic Word Processing
Author: Steve Quann and Diana Satin
Call Number: PE1128.A2 Q36 2007

ESL Mathematics for Standardized Tests
Author: Catherine Price
Call Number: PE1127.M3 P75 2007

Latest Resources:  ABE/GED

Short Lessons in U.S. History
Author:E. Richard Churchill, Linda R. Churchill
Call Number: PE1408 .H6644 2006

The Vocab Vitamins Vocabulary Booster
Author: Karasik, Julie
Call Number: PE1449 .K327 2007

Writing Academic English
Author: Alice Oshima, Ann Hogue
Call Number: PE1408 .H6644 2006

A Cure for the Common Word
Author: Sullivan, K.D.
Call Number: PE1449 .K327 2007


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