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Online ESOL Endorsement for Inservice Teachers:

General Information About the On-Line ESOL Courses


The ESOL Courses utilize BlackBoard, a tool for online course management.  You must have a computer with high-speed internet service, and digital video recording capabilities.

Logging onto the BlackBoard site of courses you are presently enrolled in: 

  • After enrolling in the course you will have access to all materials for the course through the course BlackBoard site:
  • Go to:
  • You will need your USF ID. Number to register the first time.
  • When logged on properly, click on the “courses” tab.
  • Select the course you are enrolled in
  • Check announcements on opening screen
  • Explore the site to become familiar with it

If you have not activated your USF email account:

  • You must have access to your USF email account in order to receive communication from your instructor and fellow students.
  • From the “Welcome” page on MyUSF, click on “sign-up” and follow the directions for activating your USF Mail account. 
  • If you do not use your USF email account, you need to direct mail from it to the account that you are using:
  • Click on your mail account
  • Click on “Edit mail account options”
  • Under “Change your forwarding address” check the “Forward email to the address below” and fill in the email address you use,
  • Click “OK”.

Cooperative Groups

  • These courses utilize cooperative learning groups
  • Cooperative groups help each other
  • Cooperative groups provide an organizational system
  • Cooperative groups model cooperative learning strategies


Individual Participation in Group discussion

  • The on-line postings are your “in-class” interaction.  Your participation in your group discussion board will count toward your final participation grade for this course. 
  • Participation requires:
  • Contributing significantly to the discussion
  • Responding to other students’ contributions and following the discussion threads

Course Components: Most Courses Consist of:

  • 7 Readings Responses
  • 7 Discussion Participation
  • 3 Mini Projects
  • 1 Major Project

Reading Responses

  • The reading responses theme for each section will be presented in the Section Introduction Letter.
  • You will post your reading response to the proper assignment section on BlackBoard.
  • Your points will be awarded based on evidence of your learning.

Discussion Participation

  • A group leader will be assigned to moderate each section discussion.
  • The topic of discussion for each section will be described in the Section Intro. Letter
  • You are expected to give meaningful input and respond to others’ input
  • Participation should be on-going: Last minute postings do not constitute true participation in the discussion.

Submitting Assignments

  • Deadline for assignments not to be late is midnight of the due date (usually Sundays)
  • Follow directions in assignment description for submission.
  • Submit electronic copy: .rtf file to proper “Assignments” location on Blackboard
  • Print out my response and your assignment
  • Keep a copy of all assignments and feedback in a binder

If you have any questions, please contact:


Dr. Phil Smith

Phone: (813) 974-1113


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