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ESL Library Skills: integrating library skills into the ESL curriculum

Basic Skills Initiative Project for Fall 2009- Spring 2010

DESCRIPTION OF THE PROJECT

Introduction

I didn’t know what book to chose, can you pick one for me?”:Librarians often hear this comment from ESL students who come into the Cuyamaca Library. "I went to the Library and I could not find anything on my topic “: ESL Faculty often hear this from ESL students about the Library.

An increasing proportion of students from non-English speaking backgrounds pose considerable challenges to the acquisition of library research skills. The challenge for the Library faculty and ESL faculty is to design an effective system of staff development within the constraints of the ESL curriculum.

These constraints include:

Purpose of this Project

This project proposal will implement  and refine library research skills for the ESL student.  The Library faculty and the ESL  student and the library research. With an increase in collaboration between ESL and Library faculty, the ESL students will gain information competency skills

PROJECT PROPOSAL GOALS AND ACTIVITIES

What is "Library Information Competency"?

Information competency is the ability to recognize when information is needed and to locate, evaluate, and use it effectively. Students in ESL can apply these skills in their coursework, after they enter their professional careers, and as active citizens in their communities. Information competency supports critical thinking and enables students to become self-directed learners.

Project will explore:

Activity #1: ESL faculty Library faculty will collaborate to create a Library component for the course.

For example, the ESL and Library faculty will customize the library orientation around the needs of the student and discuss questions:

Activity #2: Librarian activity will include:

Activity #3: ESL faculty activity will include:

Activity #4: Creating Library research component

Each team of Librarian and ESL instructor will work together to create a library component which unite English language acquisition with library skills. Librarian coordinator will post library components to the web.

Activity #5: Maintain and update current ESL collection

ESL faculty and Library faculty will work to devise an ESL collection of online materials for ESL students.

Activity #6: Create Library ESL Web page

The Web Designer will design a "Teaching Library Skills to ESL students website. The Library will maintain the webpage. Upon completion of the website, faculty and students will be able to access this webpage 24/7. The website will contain links to:

5. DESCRIPTION OF HOW THE PROJECT SUPPORTS THE STUDENT SUCCESS AND RETENTION

6. NUMBER OF STUDENTS AND STAFF IMPACTED BY THIS PROJECT

This project will target four ESL 106 sections and one English 110 section. Assuming each section has approximately 25 students enrolled, this project would reach 100 students. In addition, three ESL faculty and one Eng faculty will be selected to participate and two library assistants will be selected to participate.

7. DESCRIPTION OF HOW THE PROJECT WILL BE CONTINUED AFTER SPECIAL FUNDING ENDS

At the conclusion of this project:

8. METHOD OF EVALUATING THE PROJECT

9. PROPOSED STIPEND REQUEST (Project reduced to $2,000)

Librarian stipend: $200.00 X 3 librarians = $ 600.00

Library assistants: $200X 4 assistants =   $800.00

ESL
faculty and English faculty $200.00 X 3 = $600