Nancy Faux- was the ESOL specialist at the Virginia Adult Learning Resource Center where she contributed to the design and implementation of professional development for ESOL teachers. Prior to moving to Virginia, she studied and then taught at the University of Juarez in Mexico. She has a BA and MA in History and an MA in English as a second/foreign language.
Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, USA
Nancy Faux has been involved in a number of projects including:
- Standards-in-Action (State Implementation of Standards-Based Education), Department of Education, Office of Vocational and Adult Education. Liaison between Commonwealth of Virginia, U.S. Department of Education, and Coordinator for Virginia 2008 –2009.
- Money Talks: Financial Literacy Toolkit for Adult ESOL -- three-year EL/Civics grant awarded by the Office of Adult Education and Literacy of the Virginia Department of Education, to develop a curriculum, teacher’s guide, teacher training materials and workshop, web site, and toolkit for teaching financial literacy in adult ESOL programs. http://moneytalks.valrc.org/ Grant Writer, Project Designer and Coordinator 2005-2008.
- Virginia’s Adult ESOL Content Standards - Adult Education Standards Project sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education, through the American Institutes for Research State Liaison to Adult Education Content Standards National Consortium and member of Virginia’s Content Standards Steering Committee 2004-2007.
- Building Bridges with English – two-year EL/Civics grant awarded by the Office of Adult Education and Literacy of the Virginia Department of Education. A four volume curriculum, Building Basics: ESOL Toolkit for General Construction, Landscaping, Painting, and Plumbing, was developed, piloted, and made available online http://valrc.org/resources/buildingbasics/index.html, Grant Writer, Project Designer and Coordinator 2004-2006.
- The Virginia Literacy Institute EL/Civics Research Project – two-year EL/Civics grant designed to study the implementation and transferability of the Arlington Education and Employment Program (REEP) ESOL Curriculum in the Prince William County Public Schools (PWCPS) Adult ESOL Program. Project Coordinator 2003-2005.
- ESOL Assessment and Accountability Project – mandated by Virginia Department of Education to research and make specific recommendations for improving Virginia’s performance in ESOL learning gains, and identify and develop resources for local/regional programs to use. Project Coordinator, 2003.
- Creation of two Self-Access Centres at the Universidad Juarez del Estado de Durango U.J.E.D., Mexico, and EFL Teacher Training Program, FOMES Project, Secretary of Public Education, Mexico, Designed and implemented projects; Principal Investigator for grant, 1997.
- Coordinator of all collaborative projects with the Universidad Juarez del Estado de Durango, Mexico, the Secretary of Public Education of Mexico and the British Council of Mexico, 1994-1998.
Recent Publications related to Adult Literacy and Second Language Acquisition:
- Second Language Learning Principles Should Guide the Use of Technology in ESOL, position paper presented at the Summit on the Future of Adult Education in the New Digital World, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA, November, 2009.
- Receta Medica: Communicating Medication Information Across the Language/Literacy Divide, Adult Learning, Vol. 15, No. 1 & 2, 2006.