First Literacy Workshop Registration
Teaching ESOL Through Community Gardening
Riva Pearson is the ESOL Coordinator and level 2 teacher at ABCD Mattapan. In her spare time, she is the board president for the Boston Workers’ Circle Center for Jewish Culture and Social Justice. She knew nothing about gardening before developing this class but has managed to keep three basil plants alive in her classroom since last summer.
Brian Jordan teaches ESOL levels 1 and 3 at ABCD Mattapan. He is also an accomplished writer and parent to two wonderful children. Brian has taught at ABCD Roslindale, College Bound Dorchester, and Tufts University.
This workshop will explore the successes and challenges the presenters experienced in developing and teaching an ESOL for Gardeners class, a project initially funded through a First Literacy Lab innovation grant. They will provide an overview of the class, explore some of the language activities they developed, and talk about how these activities can be adapted for other contexts.
The presenters will also discuss their partnership with the community organization City Natives, and participants will have a chance to think through developing partnerships in their own communities.
This workshop is free to all staff of Massachusetts non-profit ABE programs.