Minnesota and Wisconsin Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages
This paper describes the authors’ work with one school district in Minnesota helping to
evaluate and revise their ESL program. In particular, the authors describe the steps that
the district ESL teachers took in evaluating and selecting an ESL curriculum. These steps
included consulting existing literature on curriculum and textbook selection, coming to a
consensus as a district about priorities in regard to the ESL curriculum, looking at
curricular choices made by other districts in Minnesota and creating a comprehensive
curriculum review evaluation rubric to assist in making the right decision for the district.
In addition to describing the process of the curriculum evaluation and redesign in the
district, they present evaluation tools (checklists and rubrics) that they created for the
purpose of designing curriculum. Further, they propose guidelines for the process of
making decisions about ESL curriculum, which can be modified to fit other districts’ ELL
characteristics, teacher preferences, identified standards, and mainstream curricula.
Hoffman, Patricia; Dahlman, Anne.
Making Decisions about ESL Curriculum.
Minnesota and Wisconsin Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages.
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