VESL Materials

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for CCSF Teachers



Teaching Materials for
Vocational English as a Second Language
at City College of San Francisco

2006-2007 Sabbatical Project
Sara Jacobson, Teacher
City College of San Francisco, ESL Department



An increasing number of English as a Second Language (ESL) students at City College of San Francisco (CCSF) have expressed interest in learning job-specific English, either to improve their job performance or to increase their chances of finding work. In response to this interest, CCSF has been expanding the numbers and types of vocational ESL (VESL) classes offered.

This web site is the result of a series of surveys conducted to learn more about available VESL teaching materials and more about what our students need to succeed in the work place.


Surveys Conducted:

I conducted three types of survey during the 2006-2007 school year:

  1. a survey of CCSF VESL teachers to learn what materials they found most useful.
  1. an exploration of the internet and the CCSF Resource Center to locate additional information and materials.
  1. a series of taped interviews with members of the San Francisco Bay Area work force, conducted in collaboration with fellow CCSF ESL teacher, Venette Cook, who was working on a similar, grant-funded project.


On this web site you will find:

  • a list of available VESL teaching materials, with comments from teachers
  • tape scripts and lessons generated from interviews with members of the local Bay Area work force

Please refer to the menu on the left.

CCSF VESL teachers have contributed much of the information contained on this web site. Additional contributions, suggestions and comments are welcomed. Contact:






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  Last updated: October 1, 2007