Moraine Valley Community College is the first community college in the United States to be part of a video produced by and for National Geographic Learning, an educational publisher of digital and curricular classroom materials. The “Project Classroom” video brings life to learning by capturing footage of foreign students in the United States using the materials.
Moraine Valley has used these materials in its English as a Second Language (ESL) program for four years and in the Intensive English Language Program (IELP) for the past two years. The materials successfully address the needs of curriculum and content faculty are expected to teach.
“It is an honor to be the first ESL and IELP programs at a community college selected,” said Dr. Nina Shoman-Dajani, assistant dean, Learning Enrichment and College Readiness. “We are one of many institutions that use National Geographic Learning materials, but being the first to be featured speaks volumes about our program.”
A crew from National Geographic Learning spent two days at Moraine Valley recording staff and students around campus and in class using the National Geographic materials as well as conducting interviews.
“We hope to promote learning in a different way than we have in the past,” said Joy MacFarland, product marketing manager for National Geographic Learning. “We are capturing real people in their real lives, real instructors, real administrators, real students interacting with our materials and the world around them.”
Moraine Valley students interviewed for this video include those from Mexico, Palestine, China, Thailand, Syria, Jordan, Venezuela, Tajikistan, Poland and Japan, as well as staff and instructors.
“The books are full of real-life stories and pictures from all over the world and recognize that each individual has a unique journey. The diversity represented in the materials is reflective of the students we serve. We believe the materials were designed to keep students engaged, and they do,” Shoman-Dajani said.