Bible and English (ESL)
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Mission Statement: To create Christ-centered curriculum that effectively teaches both the Bible and English/ESL.
Bible and English exists so that:
- ESL (English-as-a-Second-Language) students around the world will grow in their knowledge of the Bible and the God of the Bible
- Students will grow in their grasp and use of the English language
- ESL teachers will be able to spend less time working on curriculum and more time working directly with their students
Problem Being Solved?
The British Council estimates that there are currently over 1 billion English learners in the world. This number is expected to double to 2 billion by the year 2020. According to the Office of English Language Acquisition, 9% of all students in the U.S. (4.472,563) during the 2011-12 school year were English learners. These students require quality materials to address their need to learn English within an appropriate context.
How are you solving it?
CBI (Content Based Instruction) research shows that students learn better when they learn English while learning a subject. The content included in the Bible meets not only their intellectual need of learning a language, but could also address spiritual questions that the students may have. We have begun the process of writing Bible-based ESL curriculum on www.bibleandenglish.com. Our registrants are regularly requesting additional materials that we have not had the time nor monetary resources to develop. Learning and Teaching English through the Bible: A Pictorial Approach provides what to learn, but workbooks, activities, and courses need to be created to show how to learn these concepts.
Why are you qualified?
Due to our experience in teaching/tutoring and writing curriculum, we are qualified to meet this need. The Project Manager has over 20 years of teaching experience and curriculum development. She is also working on her PhD in Intercultural Education so as to ensure the pedagogical soundness of the curriculum. Others working on the project are also experienced teachers and writers.
What is the urgency?
Most of the ESL curriculum that currently exists teaches English in a secular context such as partying or going to a fortune teller (future tense). These contexts are offensive to many cultures. Curriculum is needed that is not offensive, but also assists the students in simultaneously learning the Bible and English. In addition, there are many missionaries, churches, and schools who are looking for quality curriculum to teach both the Bible and English. As mentioned in the earlier statistics, over 1 billion students around the world desire to learn English. This large number creates an urgency in and of itself to meet the need with quality materials.
The budget includes funding for: personnel to write and illustrate the curriculum (1 full-time, 2 part-time); website designer to make resources available world-wide; and printing of books. If entire budget amount is received, the funding will also be used to obtain an office space in a diverse area where teachers/curriculum developers can collaborate and completed curriculum can be used with local ESL students.
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