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ESL Program to Create Instructional Videos

WINTERVILLE—The Pitt Community College Office of Sponsored Programs announced last week that the State Board of Community Colleges has approved funding for the college’s English as a Second Language (ESL) Program to produce instructional videos as part of an English Literacy/Civics Education effort.

According to Jan Fisher, PCC Transitional Studies coordinator, the ESL program will receive $26,300 to create a series of videos showcasing actual Pitt County agencies and addressing questions and concerns of Pitt County residents. The videos, she said, will be Pitt County-specific and serve as an essential component of classroom-based civics lessons for ESL students.

Fisher said the videos will feature interviews that “serve as a bridge between classroom instruction and application of that knowledge in real-life situations.” She added that they will be shown to ESL students prior to guest speaker visits and field trips.

Another goal, Fisher says, is to use the videos to provide students enrolled in nighttime ESL classes with “increased access to more contextualized civics instruction at night.” She noted that more than 150 students enroll in ESL night courses at PCC annually.