This book was a project of the Spring 2002
Vocational ESL Immersion Program (VIP) CALL
Class, an educational program partnership
between City College of San Francisco and
the San Francisco Department of Human Services.
The students in this class were in low-and
high-beginning ESL levels 1, 2, 3, and 4.
They conceived, wrote, typed and designed
the layout of this book themselves.
Ideally each section of this book should
have the following sections: warm-up,
research, compiling, writing, typing, and
a follow-up. Below there is a sample
of how the students created the Our
Stories section of this book.
Students interviewed each other with a set
of questions I had given them. They wrote
the answers on index cards in paragraph form.
Student then lined up in alphabetical order
with the name of the person they interviewed.
I collected the cards.
Four students typed up the biographies, each
section in alphabetical order. I then saved
them on the master disk, combining them into
Students got familiar with capitalization
Students told the class about the person they
interviewed. (This was actually done in the
middle of the compiling stage).