Welcome to the Strategies for Success with ESL Students Across the Curriculum Faculty Interest Group Wiki


Most all of us at Kingsborough have students in our classes who hail Gabrielle Kahnfrom foreign countries, or who speak languages other than English at home. These learners can enrich our classrooms with their diverse backgrounds, and can also raise questions about how and what we teach. This group will be an exploratory forum focused on working with students across the curriculum whose first language is not English. Innovative pedagogies and practices will be discussed and deliberated over; expected topics will include: responding to first language interference in student writing, strategies for increased student participation, and the psychology of the multilingual classroom.



Articles and excerpts and chapters from books we've read have included:


Duff, P. A. (2002). Pop culture and ESL students: Intertextuality, identity, and participation in classroom discussions. Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, 45(6), 482-487.


Hedge, T. (2000). Teaching and learning in the language classroom. Oxford: Oxford University Press.


Ohta, A. S. (2001). Second language acquisition processes in the classroom: Learning Japanese. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum.


Wilen, W. W. (2004). The theory and reality of instructional conversations for ESL classrooms. Retrieved from


Zamel, V., & Spack, R. (2004). Crossing the Curriculum: Multilingual Learners in College Classrooms. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum.



Meeting Notes


Fall 2010  


Spring 2011


Fall 2011