English as a Second Language  (ESL)

student describing an importent event to group

Community ESL Class
WITC

Wisconsin Indianhead Technical Institute
600 N 21st Street
Superior, Wi 54880
715-394-6677  
(ask for Student Success Center)

Instructor:  Tom Ross 715-394-3888 (home)

figuring out the grammar with cards, student centered content

Classes usually held From August through May on Tuesday and Thursday evenings  6:30-8:00pm 

The class is open to adult students of all ages, levels and native languages. 

This program concentrates on verbal English skills and includes some practice in reading and writing.  Many additional materials are available for people who want to prepare for TOEFL, GED or naturalization.

The class is NOT based on traditional lectures, workbooks and quizzes.

The class is based on the Community Language Learning model. 

  • The community consists of students of different English abilities and different native languages brought together to learn how to talk and/or write about topics important to them.
  • The class uses structured discussion techniques that encourage the students to explore subjects or language  or to describe events or places that are important to them. The group then works with that language in several structured ways. The teacher provides the structure and environment for the exercise but the content is primarily from the students.
  • Grammar and vocabulary teaching comes from the language generated in the structured discussions. Reading and writing exercises may also be used to reinforce discussions.   Many additional materials are available for people who want to prepare for TOEFL, GED or naturalization.

Each session is a self contained learning activity. Subsequent sessions may include exercises that reinforce the grammar, and vocabulary discovered that day.   Students that have to miss sessions will not be at a disadvantage when they come back to class.

Using Computers for writing

A dynamic group grammar exercise with cards

Community Language Learning Description/Discussion