Maxine Einhorn

Maxine Einhorn is from London and has lived in the Bay Area for 12 years. She has worked in adult education in London,UK, for over twenty years as a tenured instructor and department manager. She has an MA in Film and TV from University of London and has taught, moderated and appraised academic work in film studies and media literacy at undergraduate and college level. She runs the ESL/ Post Secondary project at KQED which offers media-rich resources for and created by ESL educators.

How Should We Address Poverty?

Mahatma Gandhi is reported to have said, “The measure of a civilization is how it treats its weakest members.” For weakest members, read poorest citizens. 46 million Americans — 15 percent of the population — are now counted as living in poverty. According to the US Census Bureau this poverty rate has remained roughly at this same level since 2011.

ESL students at City College of San Francisco

Final Post for ESL Insights

Since KQED is closing the ESL/Postsecondary project, this will be the final post for ESL Insights. I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their contributions to the blog. It has been a wonderful journey, working with you all on our shared mission and learning about all that you do to shape opportunities for immigrant communities.

Putting the wrong emPHAsis on the wrong syILAble

by Jonah Hall Many ESL teachers get frustrated when it comes to teaching pronunciation. It’s hard enough for most learners new to the language to remember strange words, the rules of singulars and plurals, and the esoteric rules of English grammar. Then of course, there are the exceptions to those grammar rules. One of the … Continue reading Putting the wrong emPHAsis on the wrong syILAble → Amita

CATESOL 2013 Essay Contest – Winning Essay

The CATESOL 2013 conference, Riding the Waves to Success, hosted the adult level essay contest sponsored by Cambridge University Press. Sandra Fernandez, a student in Mai Ackerman’s Essential English Transitions class at Simi Valley Adult School, won the prize of $100.00 dollars worth of Cambridge books and materials with her essay describing how she had … Continue reading CATESOL 2013 Essay Contest – Winning Essay →


Career Opportunities in Community Health

There are expanding job opportunities for ESL students as Community Health Workers (CHWs) mainly in public health and community based organizations. It is a growing field requiring a whole range of skills that are developed during the certification program, which at City College of San Francisco includes a semester-long internship in a local organization or clinic.


Who is to Blame for the Government Shutdown?

Under the Constitution, Congress must pass laws to spend money and if Congress is unable to agree on a spending bill, the government does not have the legal authority to spend. Congress can pass a continuing resolution (CR), a temporary measure that authorizes government funding, and a continuing resolution has been funding the government since March 28 until it expired on September 30. But if the President and Congress can’t agree on the spending plan, government shuts down.


What Is The Primary Purpose Of California Public Adult Schools?

Like beauty, the answer to that question varies from eye to eye. California has been a pioneer of public adult education, really in the whole world. Public school district-supported ESL classes for adult immigrants were offered in 1856 in the basement of Old St. Mary’s Church in San Francisco. That tradition of local schools offering classes for adults, “night school” for working adults to develop English literacy, or finish a HS diploma, has been a critical service in California’s economic development and commitment to equity and social mobility.

President Rouhani smiles during an interview with NBC on Wednesday. Photograph: Reuters

Can the U.S. and Iran Be Friends?

Is “peace within reach” as Iran's new President Hassan Rouhani declared at the United Nations this week? He is seen to be more moderate than the former Iranian president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, and disposed towards building bridges with the West.


Mission Drift: Toward the Junior College Model in California

What is the difference between a community college and a junior college? This is a distinction that the general public may not be familiar with, and even within the community college arena, the definitions may be open to discussion. This piece examines the two typologies to spark dialog about whether California's community colleges are heading in the right direction.

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Jose Antonio Vargas Has a Dream

Jose Antonio Vargas reflects on the meaning of Martin Luther King, Jr’s famous speech 50 years ago, connecting it to the civil rights struggles of African Americans and to the dreams of undocumented immigrants today. For him and thousands like him “Immigrant rights are civil rights. The struggle continues. The dreams — and DREAMers — live on.” … Continue reading Jose Antonio Vargas Has a Dream →

Should the U.S. Military Intervene in Syria?

The conflict in Syria grew out of the 2011 Arab Spring protests, when Syrians peacefully demonstrated against Mr. Assad, who succeeded his father Hafez al-Assad, as president. This family had held the presidency for 40 years. Protesters demanded democratic reforms and the Syrian government unleashed security forces on demonstrators, killing many protesters and igniting a movement made up of secular rebels who aligned with the Free Syrian Army, and rebel militias, the most powerful of which are radical Islamist groups.

Immigrant Voices – ESL Educator Resources on Immigration

As immigration reform wends its weary way through both houses of Congress, some sort of path to eventual citizenship for undocumented immigrants remains a possibility. Our revamped page Immigrant Voices offers three new lesson plans for ESL educators who plan to delve into the legislation and the impact it may have on students. Becoming A … Continue reading Immigrant Voices – ESL Educator Resources on Immigration →