Leaning toward the development of Project Based Learning to help students have more opportunities to develop their language, I’m working more and more on finding ways to help students make language and create opportunities to use it, rather than simply to replicate what they see, creating an endless cycle that hasn’t helped them develop for years.

This page will serve as a collection of student work to showcase what they have been working on and learning in my classes.

AESL 505 – Summer 2019

During the summer of 2019, I began a podcasting project with my AESL 505 class. We created bi-weekly shows, dedicating one day a week to planning and organizing, and the next week we recorded and edited. The shows were shared out on social media to get feedback from real audiences, which students then used to improve their shows for the following week.  Click through the slides below to listen to the students’ work as it improved from week to week:

AESL 505 – Summer 2018

Masih, Ali, &  Lily: How to Start a Business

Masih is trying to develop his own business in the US, but found many obstacles to getting started. Together with Ali and Lily, he used this project as a way to get started launching his business. They scheduled an interview with John Rowe at Score to talk about how they can help people learn to start their own businesses. They recorded their interview on an iPhone and edited using Garage Band in the Language Acquisition Center Studio.

Elissa & Marjan: AED at IVC

Marjan and Elissa noticed a lack of information and support structure around AEDs on campus, and wanted to help make people more aware, and to understand what they are in the case of an emergency. They found that less than 10% of the people they interviewed knew what an AED was, and that everybody was interested to know more. Using a combination of Doink Greenscreen, iMovie, and Adobe Spark, they put together this informational video.

Alex: Student Support Services & Programs at IVC

Alex recognized that IVC offers a wide variety of services and programs to students that often go unrecognized or underutilized. She wanted to look at how many of these services work, and where students could learn more about them. She recorded this information using our studio setup in the Language Acquisition Center.

Akiko, Zarrin, Keli, Fereshteh: How to Start Your Own Book Club for English Learners

Akiko, Zarrin, Keli, & Fereshteh were interested in the idea of starting a book club for ESL learners. While time didn’t allow them to build the club, they did research on campus by interviewing the Student Equity Center, which already runs a book club on campus, and also professors Braus and Ramirez of the ESL department o their thoughts on reading. Akiko did a lot of the heavy lifting with the technology, teaching herself how to use Wix to build the website, as well as Camtasia to cut and edit the video and audio in the LAC studio.

Chiemi: Driving a car in the U.S.A. for beginners (Chapters 1-3) (Chapter 4)

Chiemi struggled with the differences in driving and car culture in America compared to her home country of Japan. She decided to research and discuss the differences in driving on the right vs. the left side of the road, police expectations of drivers both on and off campus, and more. She also interviewed a student who works as a car salesman to get information about how to buy a car in the states. Chiemi built her project in Adobe Spark for Chapters 1-3, and recorded in the LAC Studio for Chapter 4 using Doink.

Tomomi: Comparing Culture and Language

Tomomi wanted to better understand the cultural and linguistic differences between herself and her classmates. Using English and American culture (with a focus on Southern California) as her guidepost, she interviewed classmates about how their language works and how their culture might be similar or different to life in Irvine. Tomomi built her website using Wix.

Sofiia: Myths about America

Sofiia was interested to discuss the myths that might exist around America for potential immigrants. In particular, she wanted to give her perspective on myths that people carry before they move to the US, and help them better understand the reality before they use the myth as a reason to move or not to move. Sofiia built this presentation using Adobe Spark.