Touro University TESOL Candidate Adah Hirschfeld’s Infographic on the Dewey Decimal System in English, Spanish, Ukrainian and Haitian Creole

The opportunity to do this assignment and try out the Canva program was truly invaluable. I will be making many more and also introducing the app to my students as a possible research end product.

Adah Hirschfeld, Touro University TESOL Candidate

For EDPN 673 Methods and Materials for Teaching English as a Second Language TESOL candidates create an infographic.

Assignment Description: For this assignment, you will create an infographic for a specific group of learners (your audience). It is highly recommended that you create your infographic for the learners that you are currently teaching, or typically teach. You will know more about this group than other groups of learners, and are likely to have an easier time designing instruction for them. Integrating the infographic into one of the SIOP lessons is recommended.

Your project will be assessed on the following: Content: content is specifically tailored to ENL/ESL students for a specific grade level.
Focus: All content (visual and textual) concisely complements the purpose of the infographic.
Visual Appeal: Fonts, colors, layouts, & visual elements meaningfully contribute to the infographic’s ability to convey the overall message.
Argument: The infographic effectively informs and convinces the reader of its intended purpose.
Organization: Information is systematically organized and supports readers’ comprehension of the main message.
Citation: Full bibliographic citations are included for all sources referenced
Mechanics: The infographic is free of spelling or grammatical errors.

Adah Hirschfeld is a New York City Public School librarian who currently works at IS 240 in Midwood, Brooklyn.  She holds a Master of Library and Information Science degree from Pratt Institute and a Master’s degree in School Administration from Touro College.  She is pursuing certification in TESOL to better meet the language and literacy needs of her students.

The Dewey Decimal System in English, Spanish, Ukrainian and Haitian Creole.

  1. WHY are you designing this infographic?

I wanted to make this to post in the library so students will be able to find the categories of non-fiction books easily.  I give an orientation to all the new 6th grade classes in the fall and try to encourage and foster skill and provide materials that will make my students independent library users.

  • HOW will this infographic serve MLs?

English, Spanish and Haitian Creole are the dominant languages in my middle school in Flatbush / Midwood, Brooklyn.  I added Ukrainian because we had an influx of students when the conflict started and will have more Ukrainian speaking students in September.

  • WHAT are you trying to point out, teach, focus on, or reinforce?

Non-fiction books in the library are organized and shelved according to categories or subjects. Students need to know where to find books to help them with their research or reading interests.  The dewey decimal system also reinforces math skills and helps students become aware that many academic terms such as decimal can be used across subjects.

  • WHICH language production is this infographic focusing on?

This infographic is focused on reading, but may lead to speaking discussion when explaining the system or sending students to find specific dewey numbers on the shelves.

  • WHERE in your lesson plan will YOU be able to use this infographic?

This infographic can be used in the mini lesson.  It can also be used for independent practice with a worksheet matching Dewey call numbers to subject headings / categories.

Author: drcowinj

Education is our passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs only to the people who prepare for it today,” determined Malcolm X at the O.A.A.U.’s [Organization of Afro-American Unity] founding forum at the Audubon Ballroom. (June 28, 1964). (X, n.d.) Dr. Jasmin Bey Cowin a Fulbright Scholar, SIT Graduate, completed the Education Policy Fellowship Program (EPFP™) at Columbia University, Teachers College. Dr. Cowin served as the President of the Rotary Club of New York and Assistant Governor for New York State; long-term Chair of the Rotary United Nations International Breakfast meetings; and works as an Assistant Professor at Touro College, Graduate School of Education. Dr. Cowin has over twenty-five years of experience as an educator, tech innovator, entrepreneur, and institutional leader with a focus on equity and access to digital literacy and education in the Sub-Saharan Africa region. Her extensive background in education, administration, not-for-profit leadership, entrepreneurial spirit, and technology innovation provide her with unique skills and vertical networks locally and globally. Dr. Cowin participates fully in the larger world of TESOL academic discipline as elected Vice President and Chair-Elect for the New York State, NYS TESOL organization, for the 2021 conference. Ongoing research, expressed in scholarly contributions to the advancement of knowledge is demonstrated through publications, presentations, and participation in academic conferences, blogging, and other scholarly activities, including public performances and exhibitions at conferences and workshops. Of particular interest to her are The Blockchain of Things and its implications for Higher Education; Current Global Trends in TESOL; Developing Materials and Resources in Teaching English; E-learning; Micro and Macro-Methodologies in TESOL; E-Resources Discovery and Analysis; and Language Acquisition and the Oculus Rift in VR.

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