Location

Room 1220 A

Type of Presentation

Individual paper/presentation (20 minute presentation)

Target Audience

Other

Abstract

This presentation will focus on integrating multicultural elements from TESOL in Information and Media Literacies for non-native speakers of English in public and academic libraries. Public Libraries have been applying multicultural elements in attending to immigrants so that they learn to use libraries. They have been successful in providing ESL classes for free through content-based instruction. Immigrants learn about American libraries and their resources while learning English. Larger public libraries have created positions such as Bi-/Multilingual Librarians, ESL/Multicultural Coordinators, resident Social Workers, Multicultural Education Specialists, etc. Providing multicultural competency skills training to staff is important in creating a supportive, nurturing and comfortable commons. Academic libraries are also confronted with similar challenges. They attend to students from English Language Institutes (ELIs). Some may have a designated ESL/Multicultural Librarian who collaborates with faculty, Counseling, Writing Center, etc., on providing holistic support to these students. The ESL/Multicultural Librarian will teach ESL as well as Information and Media Literacy classes; he/she is a resource for integrating multicultural elements in lessons. Some libraries designate a "safe space" for International Students to congregate to study or socialize. Field trips to research, museum, and public libraries will expose students to more resources as well as American institutions. Since all students have difficulty understanding plagiarism, patch writing and style guides, simplifying guides, scaffolding exercises, having leveled and differentiated handouts encourage student-centered learning. In short, using some of these multicultural strategies will help non-native speakers of English develop their Information and Media literacy skills. (Examples/photos will be presented.)

Presentation Description

This presentation will focus on integrating multicultural elements from TESOL in Information and Media Literacy classes in public and academic libraries to accommodate the diverse needs of non-native speakers of English. Using content-based instruction and active learning strategies in Information and Media Literacy Lessons these learners can acquire multiple literacy skills as well as expand their acquisition of English. Details about multicultural competency skills training to staff will be provided. Photos of successful multicultural designated areas will be discussed as well as tweaking a few common mistakes that could be perceived as pejorative. Creating scaffolded exercises, designing leveled and differentiated materials, and having field trips to museum, research and public libraries are stimulating and engaging activities for all types of learners. Learning to simply instructions without using too many function words will facilitate learning for English Language Learners (ELLs) and others. Making gradual changes and adapting multicultural elements will decrease the Affective Filter so that non-native speakers of English can acquire Information and Media Literacy Skills while using the English language and learning about American culture. (examples will be show in presentation)

Publication Type and Release Option

Presentation (Open Access)

blf_WksCited_GIILC2015_TESOLLib.pdf (193 kB)
Works Cited

blf_WksConslted_GIILC2015.pdf (182 kB)
Works Consulted

blf_Presacrosscurr_GIILC2015.pdf (173 kB)
Presentations Across the Curriculum

blfSpecialistsTESOLInfoLit_GIILC2015.pdf (189 kB)
Further Readin on TESOL Specialists & Experts

blf_GIILC2015_DefTESOLstrategies.pdf (521 kB)
TESOL Strategies in Information Literacy: Definitions

blf_GIILC2015_StrategiesIntLrngELLs.pdf (427 kB)
TESOL Strategies & Language Learning Skills

Important Terms in Teaching Information.pdf (100 kB)
Important Terms in TESOL

EvaluatePersuasiveessayGrapOrg.pdf (226 kB)
Persuasive Essay Graphic Organizer

EventMapGraphicOrganizer.pdf (89 kB)
Event Map Graphic Organizer

OpinionWritingGraphicOrganizer.pdf (275 kB)
Opinion Writing Graphic Organizer

QuoteIt_GraphicOrganizer.pdf (154 kB)
Quote It! Graphic Organizer

vocabulary_sketch-pad.pdf (103 kB)
Vocabulary Sketch Pad Graphic Organizer

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Sep 26th, 9:45 AM Sep 26th, 11:00 AM

Our library can help you! Using multicultural elements from TESOL for non-native speakers of English

Room 1220 A

This presentation will focus on integrating multicultural elements from TESOL in Information and Media Literacies for non-native speakers of English in public and academic libraries. Public Libraries have been applying multicultural elements in attending to immigrants so that they learn to use libraries. They have been successful in providing ESL classes for free through content-based instruction. Immigrants learn about American libraries and their resources while learning English. Larger public libraries have created positions such as Bi-/Multilingual Librarians, ESL/Multicultural Coordinators, resident Social Workers, Multicultural Education Specialists, etc. Providing multicultural competency skills training to staff is important in creating a supportive, nurturing and comfortable commons. Academic libraries are also confronted with similar challenges. They attend to students from English Language Institutes (ELIs). Some may have a designated ESL/Multicultural Librarian who collaborates with faculty, Counseling, Writing Center, etc., on providing holistic support to these students. The ESL/Multicultural Librarian will teach ESL as well as Information and Media Literacy classes; he/she is a resource for integrating multicultural elements in lessons. Some libraries designate a "safe space" for International Students to congregate to study or socialize. Field trips to research, museum, and public libraries will expose students to more resources as well as American institutions. Since all students have difficulty understanding plagiarism, patch writing and style guides, simplifying guides, scaffolding exercises, having leveled and differentiated handouts encourage student-centered learning. In short, using some of these multicultural strategies will help non-native speakers of English develop their Information and Media literacy skills. (Examples/photos will be presented.)