Volume 45 Number 1

Resource Review: The Federal Trade Commission

Erin N. O’Reilly

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) offers excellent resources in support of  ESL student populations. This brief review covers the reporting and educational missions of the FTC.


Interview as Outreach: Activities & Services for Students

Sherry Rasmussen

Many of our colleges and universities offer more to students than English classes, but how do your students learn about those other services and activities? Perhaps they attend an orientation when they first arrive, but how much of that information can they retain when they are just trying to adjust and focus on their classes?


Effectively Implementing Social Reading Technologies in ESL instruction

Anci Cao, Victoria Derevyanskaya, & Silvia Fortuna Dias

Social reading refers to the activity of reading any type of text collaboratively. It is supported by Vygotsky’s Sociocultural Theory, according to which learning has a social nature and thus occurs through social interaction. From sharing insights to solving problems together, social reading enables ESL learners to engage with instructors and peers in order to understand the intricacies of a new text and collectively construct knowledge. It is in this context that we present Piazza, eComma and NB- three freeware (software that’s available for free) with considerable potential for turning ESL reading into a social activity.


Curricular Adjustment Strategies for EFL Students with Mild Intellectual Disability

Carlos Carrillo & José Guillermo Rodríguez Segura

In this study, a methodological strategy is explored, in order to determine how to strengthen the EFL learning process of a student with intellectual disability enrolled at Universidad La Gran Colombia (UGC).
Key words: Curriculum restructuring, EFL, Inclusion, Methodological strategies.


How to Develop the Interdisciplinary Literacy of English Language Learners

Mirela Zemani Papandreou

This article argues for the importance of the acquisition of interdisciplinary literacy of English Language Learners in order to succeed in different disciplines of a University. I consider teaching academic vocabulary in the classroom as the key factor to developing the students’ comprehension skills across the disciplines. Employing digital articles, news or stories to develop the students’ literacy skills is a helpful method to construct the students’ academic English language. Additionally, ELLs need to be exposed to a variety of deconstructed texts to comprehend what they read. We have a plethora of digital sources from online sites, which are designed to meet the English language proficiency level of each student.

ITBE Link - Spring 2017 - Volume 45 Number 1