The Chesapeake College Adult Education and English Language Program has been chosen as one of ten national programs and the only community college to participate in phase one of the national scale-up of the English Now! Blended Learning Circles, a project developed by the EdTech Center at World Education and funded by Dollar General Literacy Foundation.
English Now! is a student centered learning model that utilizes online instruction and face to face facilitated discussion groups to encourage English language speaking, reading and writing around a specific topic. Initial planning will begin in October with the first classes to start in January. This blog article describes the initial pilot of the program in Boston. Our unique approach will be to modify the concept by focusing on serving rural communities over a wide geographic area making English language acquisition more accessible by reducing the need for transportation and childcare while learning.