English Now! Learning Circles for Adult ESL Programs
Abstract: An innovative, blended learning model for adults, learning circles use online learning resources together with teacher- or volunteer-facilitated face-to-face sessions to support peer learning. We will discuss the range of learning circles and ways to use them in adult basic skills education. Learning circles have been piloted and customized for adult ESOL/ESL programs that want to reduce waiting lists or supplement face-to-face learning. In this session you will learn about the range of learning circles, how they have been used by adult ESL/ESOL programs, and about the English Now! Model, funded by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, piloted by World Education and five ESOL programs in New England and is now being scaled up nationally.