The Past, the Present & the Future
Throughout the history, the American economy has been built on immigration, and new immigrants have brought with them new skills and energy to the work force.
Parts of the new immigrant workforce emerge from the ESL students at City College of San Francisco. They immigrate to the U.S. as adults and study English, life skills to help them to start a new life in a new culture. Many of these students work full-time or work several jobs at the same time, but they try to attend ESL classes whenever they can. These students have great determination to work hard and have become contributors to the American society.
Here are some excellent examples of ESL students who share their perspectives about jobs in the past, the present and the future through digital story-telling in the following slideshows. Making these slideshows also gives students the chance to practice using the Past Tense, the Present Tense and the Future Tense in English.
Hope you enjoy their inspiring stories!
by Cora Chen , ESL instructor:
Cristy Ortega talks about her wonderful work experiences in the past, the present and her dreams for the future in her slide show:
Cindy Cen brings to us her past, where she is now,and where she will be going in the future:
Cami Goode has had many jobs. She tells us about her jobs in the past, the present and her dream job in the future in this slide show:
Jessica Yen talks about her career in the past and in the future:
Suggested follow-up class activities after watching the above slide shows:
1. Encourage students to work in pairs or in groups to talk about the following by using the Past Tense, the Present Tense and the Future Tense in English.
The Past: The job I had in my native country
The Present: The job I have now in the U.S.
The Future: The job I would like to have in the future
2. Encourage students to make their own slide shows and share their digital stories on their class websites.
Here are some free slideshow creators: