PLC Meeting held on: February 28, 2017
This was the first PLC meeting in the pursuit of identifying writing expectations and developing writing strategies through classroom research for current and future ESL curriculum.
Garden Grove Adult School joined the team of 15 instructors to discuss writing. In this first meeting, we discussed briefly different standards including CASAS and the College and Career Readiness Standards. We compared our current curriculum with that of Garden Grove and met in groups of different levels of ESL to identify what was already happening in the classroom.
The discussions led to seeking common language when identifying sentences and paragraphs in student writing. The group agreed that a continuum approach is essential when writing curriculum where students at each level need review of structures and skills of previous levels. It was discussed how paragraphs may start in lower levels as loosely connected sentences from a model and progress at higher levels to more controlled and substantive writings.
It was also discussed how knowing where in adult education students might go after leaving ESL programs was essential.