The Role of the Library in Serving ESL Students: building an ESL Library
Basic Skills Initiative Project Proposal for
March 15, 2009 to June 30, 2009
DESCRIPTION OF THE PROJECT
College, we see more and
more ESL students. Educated or
illiterate, looking for a clerical job or hoping to get into graduate school,
these ESL students all have one
thing in common: they need to learn the English language and to become familiar
with American culture and customs. So where do they go to find help? The ESL
program at Cuyamaca College.
If this proposal is approved, the Library would be able to:
1) develop a list of ESL reading sources specific to Cuyamaca students
needs and interests and
2) investigate “best practices” for developing an adjunct training program for
ESL adjunct instructors and
Cuyamaca College Library is now finding itself on the front
lines with the ESL
Program. This project, if approved
by the BSI committee, will expedite library services to the ESL Division. How
would this proposal expedite library services to the ESL division? To
illustrate, the Library has an ESL
student coming to the library with a request: “I
need a book for Level 2” or “I need a
book for ESL 106”.
Without a specific request for a particular title, the library staff
would walk the patron over to the collection of novels.
The student would then pick a book or two off the shelf and ask “Is
this book right for my class?” At which time, we librarians are limited to
the information published on the book, and refer the student back to the
instructor. We librarians are not meeting ESL students’ information needs if we
fail to support their information seeking behavior.
The objectives of this project is
for both the ESL Division and the Library Division to:
gain a better understanding of the Library’s
influence on the major areas of second language acquisition, which include
listening, speaking, reading and writing
research the different grading schemes used by different publishers of ESL novels.
develop a better understanding of the ESL
reading levels, especially for Library faculty who will select and evaluate
build and revitalize the existing ESL Library collection.
There is no such thing as a “one-size-fits all” or basic core collection
compile a list of ESL novels
appropriate for ESL reading levels
investigate an orientation/training program for adjunct librarians and adjunct
work with the Web Designer to design a website,
investigate ways to physically arrange the ESL
novels in the Library to make it more intuitive for students to use.
PROJECT PROPOSAL GOALS
Coordinating project between ESL Division and Library Division
Communicating knowledge of various ESL reading levels.
Discussing Library's current practices and ESL
Identifying student needs and interests
Assessing the ESL reading program and Library collection.
Identifying Print and Non-print
Appraising the best materials to purchase for library
Physical organization of ESL collection
Creating a website for the ESL collection
Work with the Web Designer to design a website
Organize reading materials on a website
Publicize the list to all ESL and
3. PROJECT TIMELINE
The project will begin March 15, 2009
and end June 30, 2010.
Meet with ESL coordinator to get a better understanding
of the different reading levels of
Research reading levels and possible novel purchases
Coordinate website design and content.
Librarian coordinator to research other
collections, select materials.
Web designer to create content for website.
investigate ways to physically arrange the
novels in the Library to make it more intuitive for students to
Librarian, ESL coordinator , Webdesigner to evaluate and
revise project website and content.
Reading Coordinator stipend: $350.00
Librarian Coordinator stipend: $ 350.00
Webpage designer: $1,300.00
5. DESCRIPTION OF HOW THE PROJECT SUPPORTS THE STUDENT SUCCESS AND RETENTION
Encourage ESL and Library faculty participation in
Increase ESL and Library faculty collaboration and
communication within the four levels of
Increase more open
dialogue among ESL and Library faculty
6. NUMBER OF STUDENTS AND STAFF
IMPACTED BY THIS PROJECT
Two faculty: one from the Library Program and one from
ESL Program will be able to offer a
ESL Library reading list to students enrolled in all
7. DESCRIPTION OF HOW THE PROJECT WILL BE CONTINUED AFTER SPECIAL FUNDING ENDS
At the conclusion of this project, the Library coordinator and the ESL coordinator will work together to maintain and
update ESL Library collection.
8. METHOD OF EVALUATING THE PROJECT
and Library faculty participants will self-report the
effectiveness of their collaboration efforts.
Librarians and ESL
faculty will assess current collection and determine if
collection meets the needs of ESL student.
9. PROPOSED STIPEND REQUEST
We request $2,000.00