Report on the “NEEPO ESL” Pilot Program at the Access Refugee Settlement Program in Linda Vista, San Diego, CA
The Ilyin Oral Interview, a one-on-one test of basic English speaking and listening comprehension ability, was used as the pretest and posttest. The pretest was administered by our teacher and the posttest by an Access employee. Only students pre-testing at less than 15 on the Ilyin test were eligible for the program. (There are 100 points on the test)
“Not only are my students learning to pronounce words correctly, but they are learning English Grammar as well.”
She said it was easy and fun for her students. She truly believed from her experience teaching with the course that her students were learning to speak English at a much faster rate than if she was doing all the teaching herself.
Her final comments in the review was: “I am thrilled that I have had the opportunity to take part in the piloting of such a wonderfully creative and helpful instructional tool. It is a very positive and enriching addition to my ESL classroom.”
– Julia Doria, ESL Teacher
The students think that it is really fun. They see the progress and know that they have learned and that the program is working. The students don’t realize that they are learning a lot of grammar, but they are. I noted that Renata really enjoys her 45 minutes. She has a fun time and she doesn’t get bored despite the fact that we are asking her to work in a language that is not her own. We know how boring that could be if the program were not interesting or effective. I think the creators of this course did just a great job. All the sounds and activities are really fun, so they enjoy it.
– Fernando Pantoja, ESL Teacher
“I believe you are on the “cutting edge” of assisting people with the language barriers that keep them from opportunities to be productive American citizens. Thank you for the opportunity to work with you in piloting your software program.”
Ironically, Nikki stated that our ESL course helped students learn how to read traditional English, even though they learned to speak English with NEEPO to start. Somehow it helps them decipher the irregular English and to make sense of the traditional English orthography, such as the word, “comparison” or “composition”
– Nikki Isherwood, Instructional Improvement Leader, Grades 6-12