This article sets to share some of the understandings and reflections based on the work that emerged from the a small research and design project around online education and ESL programs conducted by the Centre for Excellence for Intercultural Education (CEIE) at NorQuest College, Edmonton, Alberta between fall 2010 and Spring 2011. Specifically, the project set to discover some challenges ESL instructors may face in using online tools and relate these challenges to needs to adapt current ESL courses into online deliveries. The project used an online survey, a focus group and literary review as the basis to create some tools which instructors can use when planning to adapt face-to-face (F2F) courses into online deliveries. A guide was produced, along with a report and online sites that give readers access to downloads and ongoing reading lists, available through the college website. Three half-day workshops were offered in June 2011 across Alberta to present the results and the tools. A public report and Guide will be made available in the fall of 2011.
The Alberta Teachers of English as a Second Language (ATESL) is a professional organization that promotes the highest standards of teaching and English language program provision for all learners in Alberta whose first language is other than English.