Special Populations Collaborative

Effective Practices for Limited English Proficient Students

Sacramento City College ESL Tutoring Program

Title: ESL Tutoring Program

College: Sacramento City College

3835 Freeport Blvd, Sacramento, CA 95822

Contact: Virginia Gessford, 916-558-2600 or  gessfoV@scc.losrios.edu

Tim Ching, 916-558-2675 orchingt@scc.losrios.edu

Target population: The ESL Tutoring Program at Sacramento City College attempts to reach all ESL students in general but specifically those students who are most at risk and/or are underserved.

Goals: The goals of the program are to reinforce and support the student’s classroom learning activities. The tutoring focuses on academics such as math, English, history, etc. However, a significant part of the ESL Tutoring Program receives funds via the VTEA grant and therefore focuses on tutoring vocational students in academic classes. Additionally, there are vocational tutoring venues that focus on topics specific to the vocational programs, such as using a dental drill, computer software, etc.

Description: The ESL Tutoring Program employs a variety of techniques. Among them are:

· Peer Tutoring — As many as forty peer tutors are available each semester to offer support in a variety of subjects and assist the ESL students in gaining mastery of their academic subjects. The peer tutors can volunteer their time, receive course credit for tutoring, or are paid approximately $7.00 and hour for their time.

· Independent Study Course – These are on-line, self-paced Human Services computer courses that are designed to strengthen the ESL student’s grammar, math, and/or English skills. The student must register for the course and choosethe subject on which they will work.

· Workshops – Each fall and spring, faculty coordinators host a series of student workshops on topics ranging from understanding learning styles, study skills, stress management, or other topics requested by faculty or students.

· Staff Consultation – Frequently the most important and first contact an ESL student makes is with an ESL Tutoring Program staff person. These consultations tend to set the course for the ESL students involvement with the program. The staff person will determine the services needed to enable the student to be successful at Sacramento City College and introduce the student to the components of the program. Approximately thirty percent of these consultations tend to revolve around topics of support and reassurance as opposed to the services and tools available to the student.

Staffing: A permanent full-time, 9-month faculty coordinator, a permanent full time 12- month classified assistant, and a permanent half-time 9-month Instructional Assistant staff the ESL Tutoring Program. Additionally, up to forty peer tutors assist in making one-on-one contact available to all ESL students. Throughout the years, additional clerks and instructional assistants have come and gone depending on funding levels.

Facilities, equipment, materials: The equipment that the ESL Tutoring Program works with is primarily limited to a tutoring center and a number of computers. There are ten computers designated for the Human Services courses, 1 computer to track ESL students as they check in, and three computers for the permanent staff. In addition, the tutoring program uses other equipment from other areas to show videos on study skills etc. The equipment is used collaboratively to maximize benefits to the college and conserve financial resources.

Costs, funding source: The ESL Tutoring Program is funded through a number of grants.

· Collage Awareness Program (CAP) – $23,000

· Division Block Grant — $27,000

· VTEA — $58,000

· Discretionary funds — $148,000

Outreach and marketing: The ESL Tutoring Program staff takes a multi-faceted approach to outreach and marketing. Student outreach is handled via the student newspapers, guides, orientations (campus guides who are multi-lingual), class schedule, and the campus catalog. Additionally, faculty and counselors refer students who need services, are struggling in classes, or at risk of dropping out. Faculty members are made aware of the services available to ESL students through new faculty orientations, blanket emails, flex day workshops, and flyers distributed campus-wide.

Evidence of effectiveness: The ESL Tutoring Program tracks student retention and grades with the college and district research departments. Approximately 400-500 students are served.

Suggestions for replication: In starting or modifying an ESL Tutoring Programs it is important to strive to increase the support you receive from the administration, to always remember the purpose and keep services and activities focused on the students, and to increase the awareness and support of faculty, staff, and counselors. It would be best to avoid short term or unstable grant funding which can increase program instability.