Neither of these were written for ESL originally. They were written for third graders, but
the ESL students enjoyed them (especially those who aren't shocked by my
The ones I put together for ESL can't be posted here because I grabbed what I
could regardless of copywright. You can check out the web page I made for
our program volunteers for those.

Where you teach, and what level and age group you’re teaching

Currently I'm not teaching ESL at all. I had been teaching for
several years as a volunteer, learning as I went, at my church. I
in order to help adults who were taking a hard-to-understand
citizenship class. What an eye-opener! Then folks wanted the class to
expand and I became the coordinator of the program. I have a lot to
learn about coordinating volunteers. This fall we downsized somewhat
and I announced I'd be taking "sabbatical" time this year ... at
least until the 2007-2008 school year.
My resume is at

I'm trying to put together a very basic course of at least 26 classes
and post these on the web. An old unfinished effort is at
(please don't make links to this page)
What I completed there I did when I was bedridden this summer after
surgery. Once I went back to work AND started teaching ESL on Monday
and Thursday nights, I didn't have time to work on the website. Now
I've got a bit more time (just a bit) and I'm using iWeb to start
again. The iWeb is a leap since you'll see that my old web pages use
pretty basic html. I like the basic, simple stuff because I can edit
it easily. Well, also because that's all I've learned.

Our class seems to have run through language group seasons. We
started with Haitian, Chinese, and Korean. This past spring with the
larger program we had 7 language groups. This fall we had Spanish,
Portugese, and Korean students only. The demand for very basic
English seems to be so strong I don't know if I will ever be teaching
advanced English.

What your students would like about class-video projects
At the public school where I work as an assistant, I've often covered
the computer lab. Their teacher has the seventh graders make powerpoint
presentations which seems to be quite an engrossing activity for
them. The internet connection is not too speedy (it's a rural school)
and access to YouTube is blocked by the county school board (probably
a good thing), but, working around that, I think the computer teacher
could become interested.
Our resident techie is a science teacher and I can imagine he'll be
interested, too.

short answer: What's not to like?

Your past experiences with video and/or class-video projects
(include links to examples if possible)

My ESL classes always had a song or two. That's when I got into
special media.
I just learned how to use PowerPoint this spring and went right into
iMovie and Quicktime Pro after that.
My "videos" are more slideshowish, but there's stuff you can do with
iMovie that is more that slide shows.
My videos (of varying quality!!) are on YouTube.
Do a search for cathysfiddle

Any video production literature you might be using

If you mean applications, I use PowerPoint, Quicktime Pro, iMovie,
Audio x (to record myself), Amazing Slowdowner (to change pitch and
speed of sounds)

Some of subjects and topics you'd like to learn more about during
this session

I'm sure I'll be thinking of them as we go along. Meanwhile, I'm
looking for all the ESL stuff I can use when I go back to doing it