OE4BW Hub North America

PROJECT

Gradual Attainment of Proficiency in English as a Second Language (ESL) Focusing on the LSRW Skill Sets

Project would have various levels of proficiency. Once the skills have attained a minimum score one can move to the next level of each skill. Skills being listening skill, speaking skill, reading skill and writing skill. The answer explanation would be informative. The formal learning of English is intimidating for a non native who has not been in an English Speaking environment through out his life. The focus is learning English not with an academic approach but an easy-going approach which will intersperse learning with required grammar and not be focused on grammar only. This approach should ensure a minimum level of proficiency in ESL before moving on to the next level of proficiency.

Author

Sapna Narayan, OE4BW mentee

Sapna Narayan

Sapna Narayan comes from India and is a Post Graduate in Rural Development (PGDRD) specialising in Project Management from Xavier's Institute of Social Science (XISS, Ranchi) as well as Bachelor of Science (with Botany Honours) from Banaras Hindu University (BHU, Varanasi). Additionally, she has Masters in Kathak Dance (Indian classical dance). Schooling was in Sacred Heart Convent School (SHS, Jamshedpur) followed by Loyola School (Jamshedpur). She is employed as English Language Facilitator with a long-established mining company which has royalty on it's board having philanthropic approach for the people around. Being passionate about uplifting people's social standing, the route chosen is by making them comfortable with English which is a global language and which enables them to compete with the world in their close vicinity and beyond. She is working with students/trainees with ages ranging from 6 to 60. She gets to incorporate almost all of her qualifications in this passion fruitfully.

Mentor

Lori-Beth Larsen, OE4BW mentor

Lori-Beth Larsen

Lori-Beth Larsen is an instructor and OER Lead Faculty at Central Lakes College (CLC) in Minnesota, USA. She has redesigned the Developmental Reading program and the English for Academic Purposes program at CLC. Currently, she leads the Open Educational Resource Community of Practice at CLC, a successful mentor model for faculty to redesign their courses with OER. She has redesigned all of the courses she teaches to use open resources and co-authored two open literacy textbooks.

Mentor

Christina Page

Christina Page is an adult educator, working as a Learning Strategist at Kwantlen Polytechnic University in British Columbia.  The work allows her to interact with a wide range of students, having conversations about how they can best meet their learning goals. She helps students and faculty connect with proven strategies for learning, and tools for connecting with academic literacies across different disciplines.