1) End-of-Semester Social date determined (Tuesdays from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the multipurpose room in St. Mary's Hall). Sign-up here!2) Reminder for Mid-semester evaluation (I extended it). Especially fill out the evaluation for Volunteersif you haven't.3) Mini Weekly Socials are set! To sign-up for the mini socials, please sign-up here!
_____________________________________________________________________________1) End-of-Semester Social date determined (Tuesdays from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the multipurpose room in St. Mary's Hall).URL for student sign-up is: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/K6C87PS
Mark your calendar! The end-of-semester social is determined for this semester. As it will be the last social for me, we will have the usual pizzas and lots of other interesting food and activities for the end-of-semester celebration. Please sign up by 3:00 p.m. Tuesday, April 30, 2013 so we can make sure we have enough food!2) Reminder for Mid-semester evaluation (I extended it a little more to get more response from students). Especially fill out the evaluation for Volunteers if you haven't.
We would appreciate it if you can take 1-2 minutes to fill out each survey as it helps us to focus on things that we can work on to better improve this program.3) Mini Weekly Socials set, please check umdesol.weebly.com for most updated information (more socials may be added if there's an interest)
URL for mini weekly social: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/CHJ7F9G
Movie: Freedom Writers -- Friday, 4/19, 2013 from 4:00 to 6:15 p.m. Location: Tydings 1114
Movie: Hotel Rwanda-- Friday, 4/26, 2013 from 4:00 to 6:15 p.m. Location: Tydings 1114
Picnic/Discussion: Statistics on Religion in America --Wednesday, 4/22, 2013 from 1-3 p.m. Location: On the mall, near the fountain (Check out this website: http://www.npr.org/2013/01/15/169342349/more-young-people-are-moving-away-from-religion-but-why
Ping-pong Social--Friday, 5/17, 2013 from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Tennis Social-- Tuesday, 5/21, 2013 from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m.
*At the movie social, the leader will stop the movie every 10-20 minutes to discuss about what's going on in the movie and let students predict about what might happen (or share any thoughts or feelings).
Session Leaders (so far):
4/19, 2013: Jade Johnson (Coordinator will be out)
4/26, 2013 Jade Johnson and Clare Cheng
4/22, 2013: Emily Rueger
5/17, 2013: Clare Cheng
5/21, 2013: Clare Cheng
* Students are welcome to lead or co-lead any of the sessions. Please e-mail Clare in advance!
The end-of-semester social is May 7, 2013 (Tuesday) from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
I am sorry I might have confused some of you in my previous e-mail. Feel free to stop by briefly if you cannot stay for the whole time.
To RSVP for the end-of-semester social, please fill out this quick link by Tuesday, April 30, 2013
so we can gauge the number of people to anticipate: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/VWSK59F
To request for Certificate, please fill out this quick survey by Tuesday, April 30, 2013
so that we can make sure we have a certificate ready for you: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/VBPJFNY
1) Notes and information shared at Training Sessions (See attached PDF files) 2) End-of-Semester Social date determined (Tuesday, May 7, 2013 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the multipurpose room in St. Mary's Hall).3) Help in taking attendance 4) Conversation session guidelines5) Mid-semester evaluation will be sent 6) Bi-Weekly Socials are underway, please check umdesol.weebly.com for update information or if you would like to lead/co-lead a session.
_______________________________________________________________________________1) Notes and information shared at Training Sessions (See attached PDF files)
I combined the discussions and meetings notes from two training sessions and included them in the PDF. I am also attaching a chart that I handed out last semester regarding the suface and deep culture. We would like to focus more on the deep culture topics if possible
. Please feel free to let me know if you have another other concerns or questions regarding the conversation sessions.
The PDF files will be under the "Resource" tab. 2) End-of-Semester Social date determined (Tuesday, May 7, 2013 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the multipurpose room in St. Mary's Hall).
Mark your calendar! The end-of-semester social is determined for this semester. As it will be the last social for me, we will have the usual pizzas and lots of other interesting food and activities for the end-of-semester celebration. Certificate Request and RSVP for End-of-Semester Social:http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/VWSK59F
3) Help in taking attendance If you are still struggling to take attendance online, please put in the request for data assistance by going to the following link:https://docs.google.com/document/d/1KntSU-zF7bhSRzam-JQVNuu0l_KxEUJaMzUUgpJotCE/edit
All volunteers are required
to turn in the attendance log (whether you take attendance online or not) by the last day of class, which is Thursday, May 9th, 2013. The reason is that the coordinator will use the attendance sheets to check against the entries and fix any mistakes entered. Please put in the request for data assistance by next Friday, April 12, 2013. 4) As a reminder, the conversation session guidelines for this semester can be taken from the previous three semesters based on students' needs.http://umdesol.weebly.com/session-guidelines-and-materials.html I meant to rewrite a new conversation session guideline, but I have found that many of the session ideas overlap from previous sessions guidelines. Thus, feel free to use or modify the previous session guidelines as it fits your students' needs. Some of your students may have had the conversation sessions from previous semester, so it would be great to make sure that you tweak it so that it is not repetitive for them. 5) Mid-semester evaluation
A mid-semester evaluation on the program will be sent shortly and any other comments are welcomed. Please take 2-3 minutes to fill out the survey. The survey will be open till Wednesday, April 10, 2013. http://studentvoice.com/md/esolprogramvolunteers 6) Bi-Weekly Socials are underway, please check umdesol.weebly.com for most updated information to join a bi-weekly social or if you would like to lead/co-lead a session.
Some volunteers and students are thinking about going to D.C. for the Cherry Blossom some time soon. Feel free to join the existing group.
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Dear Students and Volunteers,
Please check this document for the updated classroom location for your sessions.
Another volunteer (Sonja Hatten) has taken over Emily Demarest's Thursday's group.
Thursdays 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
LEF (Lefrak) 1221
Thank you again for your cooperation.
Dear Volunteers and Students,
I have already sent out the confirmations for conversation sessions for Mondays. However, I have not been able to do so for the conversation groups on Tuesdays and beyond due to the fact that the TutorTrac System is currently down and I have no way of manually grouping the students.
Thus, please find the session that you signed up for and its location. If you signed up for conversation partners, unless you requested for a classroom, please contact your volunteer and find a place to meet on campus. Usually we recommend the Stamp, the Learning Commons in McKeldin Library, the Footnotes in McKeldin, the Applauce section in Performing Arts Center or other places in the Stamp Union.
Please feel free to let me know if you have any questions or concerns. I will continue to get back to your e-mails if I haven't done so already. I will send out the final confirmation once TutorTrac is up. I apologize for the inefficiency of our system.
Thank you for your patience and cooperation throughout this process.
Dear Students and Volunteers,
Sorry if I have not been able to answer your questions or concerns through e-mail or my office phone for this past week. I caught the flu at the end of last week after staying up to set up for the online registration session. As a result, I have been out of office for the entire week due to my illness. I am currently still recovering and am trying to reply to e-mails from home as my health permits.
Feel free to sign up for additional groups. I am going to tell everyone that I am extending the deadline till tomorrow noon (Friday noon) since I was the one sick all week and couldn't answer some of the students' questions/concerns. In the meantime, I will answer as many e-mails and my health permits.
Confirmations should still be sent 48 hours before the actual sessions. I put in the request to scheduling office several days later than I anticipated, so we shall see if room assignments can be ready in time. Let's keep our
Thank you for your understanding.
Several of you have mentioned that you have been experiencing trouble with Tutor Trac. I apologize for the glitches in our system and the inefficiency. Currently there is nothing I can do to fix the slowness/problem as the company is off today.
Thank you for your understanding and patience.
More volunteers are joining our program. Late coming volunteers' availabilities may be put online. I will also pair students up using the back-up schedules that were turned in at the registration/orientation sessions.
Feel free to check for more conversation partners as their availabilities become available online for the next few days.