These ESL FAQs will answer students questions about learning English online and in blended classes.

ESL Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  1. Do I have to buy textbook(s) for the class? The class syllabus lists two types of textbooks: Required and Optional. The Required textbook(s) will be used regularly during class. Students are expected to buy the Required textbook(s) and bring them to class. The Optional textbooks are not required, but these materials will help you learn. The Optional textbooks are recommended, but not required.
  2. Can I buy an older edition of the textbook? No. Please buy the edition of the textbook listed in the syllabus. If you buy a different edition of the textbook, the page numbers and the material will probably be different. It will be almost impossible to follow along in class if you have a different edition. For example, if the syllabus asks the students to buy the 4th edition, do not buy the 3rd edition.
  3. What does blended learning mean? Blended learning means that the professor and students will use a blend of learning modalities. For example, in Continuing Education, most classes meet face-to-face in a classroom on a campus. The class is considered blended when the teacher offers some of the instruction on the Internet.  The students use computers and mobile devices to access websites, social media and other software.
  4. What does online learning mean? Online learning refers to instruction and learning that takes place while the student is accessing the Internet and websites by using a computer or mobile device.
  5. I want to buy a mobile phone or tablet. Which one do you recommend? Students sometimes ask my advice about the best mobile phones or tablets for learning and Twitter. I recommend that you read Consumer Reports magazine, which you can find in the library and online.  Consumer Reports publishes a monthly magazine and a website which provides reviews of consumer products, including technology.
  6. If I read the ESL FAQs, and then I still have a question, who can I contact? Several options exist to answer your questions. You can read the syllabus again to see if the answer is already available. You can ask your professor during class time. You can contact the campus office - please see above. Or you can ask a classmate.

Beyond the ESL FAQs

We welcome questions, ideas, and comments about the class and your learning. We will update this list of ESL FAQs as questions are posed. Thank you for taking the time to stay informed.