Presentation Title

A step in the right direction: Tiered library instruction for ESL Writing classes at Murray State University

ORCID ID

orcid.org/0000-0002-9822-8315 (Richardson)

Author Biography

Rebecca Richardson is a Research & Instruction Librarian at Murray State University. She is the liaison to the Departments of History, Political Science and Sociology, and Psychology. She has presented at LOEX (the Library Orientation Exchange), Kentucky Convergence, and the American Library Association's Annual Conference.

Vince Medlock is an ESL Instructor and Instructional Assistant within the Institute of International Studies at Murray State University.

Abstract

This presentation will describe the collaboration between the University Libraries and Writing Instructors for the English as a Second Language (ESL) program at Murray State University. A discussion between the groups about needs of ESL students and their level of language understanding resulted in a tiered approach to library research for ESL students. The 3-tiers prepare students for mainstream classes by introducing them to academic writing at an American university while building on a foundation of understanding of the research process and using academic databases to find reliable information.The presenters for this session represent both groups involved in the collaboration, a librarian and a writing instructor, who will address how the tiers were developed, the learning outcomes for each, and how the scaffolded approach learning has impacted the students’ ability to locate and use academic resources to improve their writing assignments.

Session Type

Presentation

Learning Objectives

  1. Participants will recognize the advantages for leveled of instruction for ESL learners.

  2. Participants will identify ways they can scaffold instruction for ESL learners.

Start Date

18-11-2016 3:00 PM

End Date

18-11-2016 3:45 PM

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A step in the right direction: Tiered library instruction for ESL Writing classes at Murray State University

This presentation will describe the collaboration between the University Libraries and Writing Instructors for the English as a Second Language (ESL) program at Murray State University. A discussion between the groups about needs of ESL students and their level of language understanding resulted in a tiered approach to library research for ESL students. The 3-tiers prepare students for mainstream classes by introducing them to academic writing at an American university while building on a foundation of understanding of the research process and using academic databases to find reliable information.The presenters for this session represent both groups involved in the collaboration, a librarian and a writing instructor, who will address how the tiers were developed, the learning outcomes for each, and how the scaffolded approach learning has impacted the students’ ability to locate and use academic resources to improve their writing assignments.