The CAT-ESL MOOC: A Novel, Low Cost Strategy for Improving Refugee High School Graduation Rates

Children come from war zones all over the world to Clarkston, Georgia as refugees. Many of these children enter public schools and on their way to adulthood face the dual challenge of mastering the English language and learning the educational content that is necessary to earn a high school diploma. Despite extensive efforts on the part of public schools in Clarkston, the graduation rate for refugees from high school is approximately 30%.  Educational strategies that ease refugees’ transitions into the public education system are greatly needed.  To this end, computer aided translation (CAT) and new forms of massive open online courses (MOOCs) are poised to revolutionize teaching content to English language learners (ELLs) in diverse schools such as those in Clarkston where bilingual English as a second language (ESL) teaching strategies are not feasible. However, significant hurdles are present to their effective and universal implementation. Teacher training, access, and student appeal are three distinct challenges that are present. Despite these challenges, I will work to develop initiatives for technology aided English only ESL education. To this end, I am going to work at Clarkston High School this next year as a teaching resident in the Net-Q program as part of my Masters of Arts in Teaching degree program at Georgia State University.  It is my hope that this experience will build a solid foundation upon which innovative, practical, and low cost CAT-ESL MOOCs can be developed and implemented in the public school classroom.

For now, I will work on English –> Arabic and English –> Turkish lesson for my approach using Google Translate.

Lesson (Ders) 1: Teaching English (İngilizce Öğretimi) with Google (Google ile)

Elements (Elemanları)

1.  Water (Su)

2.  Fire (Ateş)

3.  Earth (Dünya)

4.  Wind (Rüzgâr)

Sentences with the Elements (Elements ile Cümleler)

1.  In primitive Greek society, philosophers thought that matter was made of water, fire, earth, and wind.

İlkel Yunan toplumunda, filozoflar bu konuda su, ateş, toprak ve rüzgar yapıldı düşündüm.

2.  Each primitive element (water, fire, earth, and wind) we now know are composed of atoms.

Şimdi biliyoruz Her ilkel eleman (su, ateş, toprak ve rüzgar) atomlardan oluşmaktadır.

3.  Water, fire, earth, and wind also support chemical reactions of other atoms.

Su, ateş, toprak ve rüzgar da diğer atomların kimyasal reaksiyonları destekler.

Religion (Din)

5.  One (Bir)

6.  Peace (Barış)

7.  Secular (Laik)

8.  God (Allah)

Sentences with Religion Words (Din Kelimeler Cümleler)

1.  There is one God (Allah), and the path to peaceful worship of Allah involves secular government.

Orada tek Tanrı (Allah) olduğunu ve Allah’ın huzurlu ibadet yolu laik hükümeti ilgilendiriyor.

2.  One secular state in the world where the one Allah is worshiped that brings “peace at home, peace in the world” (Mustafa Kemal Atatürk) is Turkey.

“Dünyada, evde huzur barış” (Mustafa Kemal Atatürk) getiren bir Allah ibadet edilen dünyanın bir laik devlet Türkiye’dir.

3.  American is like Turkey in the sense that our one government permits free worship of Allah in a secular, peaceful setting.

Amerikan bizim bir hükümet laik, huzurlu bir ortamda Allah’ın serbest ibadet izin anlamında Türkiye’ye gibidir.

Humanity (Insanlık)

9.  Male (Erkek)

10.  Female (Kadın)

Sentences about Humanity (İnsanlık hakkında Cümleler)

1. A proper balance of male and female attributes in humanity is requisite for a healthy society at home and abroad.

Insanlık erkek ve dişi niteliklerin bir denge yurtiçinde ve yurtdışında sağlıklı bir toplum için gerekli olduğunu.

2.  The female Senator Hillary Clinton may surmount the absolute male trend of American presidents in the 2016 American presidential election.

Kadın Senatör Hillary Clinton, 2016 Amerikan başkanlık seçimlerinde Amerikan başkanlarının mutlak erkek trendi aşmak olabilir.

3.  In Turkey, is there a proper balance of male and female human values?

Türkiye’de erkek ve kadın insani değerlere uygun bir denge var mı?

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About kayaerbil

I am a Berkeley educated chemistry Ph.D. who is moving into the area of working on developing appropriate technology for communities that are subjected to socio-economic oppression. The goal is to use simple and effective designs to empower people to live better lives. Currently, I am working with Native Americans on Pine Ridge, the Lakota reservation in South Dakota. I am working with a Native owned and run solar energy company. We are currently working on building a compressed earth block (CEB) house that showcases many of the technologies that the company has developed. The CEB house is made of locally derived resources, earth from the reservation. The blocks are naturally thermally insulating, keeping the house cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Eventually, a solar air heater and photovoltaic panels will be installed into the house to power the home and keep it warm, while preserving the house off the grid. A side project while in Pine Ridge is a solar computer. I hope to learn about blockchain encryption software for building microgrids. In addition, it is an immediate interest of mine to involve local youth in technology education.
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