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1) Written and Oral Communication

2) Critical Thinking and Problem Solving

3) Information Literacy

4) General Tips, Strategies, and Approaches for Teaching Basic Skills

5) Current Statewide Focus on Basic Skills Completion

Written and Oral Communication
Written and Oral Communication Defined: Students will be able to communicate effectively in writing and orally using traditional and/or modern information resources and supporting technology.

Measurement: College of Marin GE Common Rubric: Written Competency

The COM ESL Writing/Grammar Sequence: Description of Outcomes for Levels 50-120

Introduction and Conclusion

Introduction and Conclusion Strategies for Engl 120

Thesis and Overall Paper Organization

Elements of an Essay (G. Winer, Berkeley City College):

Paragraph Structure and Unity

The PIE Paragraph - Engl 120SL

Paragraph Development / Content and Analysis

Paragraph Development Trouble Spots for PIE - Engl 120SL

Sentence Clarity and Conventions; Sentence Fluency and Flow

COM Video: Tips on How to Work with ESL Students on Grammar in a Tutoring Session

Language Development through Poetry - Adjective Clauses (L. Koffman)

Present and Past Participial Adjectives (C. Massion)

Run-On Practice - ESL 53 & 63 (L. Koffman) Run-On_Practice.jpg Run-On_&_Fragments.jpg

Online Practice Exercises with Grammar and Punctuation for Writing - Engl 120+, The Purdue OWL (Online Writing Lab)

Interactive Online Grammar Practice, Capital Community College Foundation

Online Practice to Improve Spelling for Ear Learners, Listen and Write

Error correction in 1.5 generation students (Foin and Lange), CATESOL presentation


MLA Format and Rules for Works Cited Pages, The Purdue OWL (Online Writing Lab)

Dealing with Plagiarism and Illegal Downloading, Honolulu Community College

General Writing Development:

Tools for Fostering Self-Analysis and Correction in Student Writing, CATESOL 2011

Free Writing Topics to Develop Fluency for ESL 63 and 73 (R. Britton):

Rubric for ESL 53 writing (A. Winfield):

Rubrics for essays for English 98SL (B. Woodlief):

Placing Events in Chronological Order (LAUSD CATESOL 2011):

Organizing Timelines (LAUSD CATESOL 2011):

Brainstorming and Clustering (LAUSD CATESOL 2011)

Sequence of Writing for Engl 98SL (B. Woodlief):

Suggestions for in-class writing and teaching writing, including Bloom's Taxonomy; Berkeley's Tools for Teaching

Oral Communication
Oral Presentation on Culture for ESL 56 (R. Britton):

Online Practice to Improve Spelling for Ear Learners, Listen and Write

Video Portfolios to Evaluate Speaking (Rose & Quinones, TESOL 2011)

Introducing Debate into the Classroom (Moldawa TESOL 2011)

Oral Book Report (R. Britton)


To remember the vowel sounds for the one and two vowel rules (J. Cady):