ACEC ESL: Using Tech to Support Learning

ACEC ESL : Using Tech to Support Learning
Posted on 11/19/2018
Nellie Shea and her Fall 2018 ESL Students

What could possibly bring individuals from every corner of the world together? When Nellie Shea, the English as a Second Language teacher at ACEC, faced this situation, the answer was very clear--technology.

Shea's ESL class consists of students from all over the globe. The current class contains students from Costa Rica; El Salvador; Indonesia; Togo, Africa; Japan; Morocco, Africa; Mexico; Ecuador; Vietnam; and China. These students chose ACEC with the hope of learning to speak English. While Shea's lessons lay the foundation, the real learning comes with practice--practical, real world practice.

Fortunately for Shea and her students, that practice comes in the form of a very useful app called WhatsApp Messenger. Using this app, Shea and her students have created a group chat that allows them to communicate with each other using their phones’ Internet connection. To help her students practice their skills, Shea expects daily communication--in English only. The students gain the real-world experience of maintaining group communication while also demonstrating their growing knowledge of the English language. In this manner, learning blossoms--both in and outside of the classroom.

Even with such defined educational goals and expectations, the class still manages to have fun. Just recently the class surprised Shea with a birthday party. One can only assume that the students used WhatsApp Messenger to plan the whole thing!

If you are interested in joining this group, call Mary Dumont at (434) 799-6471.  The class meets Monday through Thursday, 8:30 A.M. to 10:30 A.M.