Teaching English as a Second Language

Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) examines the social, linguistic, educational, cognitive, cultural and political processes affecting the teaching, learning, assessment, and use of English as an additional language locally and globally. The program faculty have expertise in TESL methods, applied linguistics, second language acquisition and socialization, content-based language education, pedagogical and functional grammar, second language writing, issues of language and identity, language in education, multilingual literacies, language policy, and English in immigrant and international communities


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Faculty Members in Teaching English as a Second Language

Name Research Interests
Corella Morales, Meghan Linguistic Variation and Society; Bilingualism and Multilingualism; Language Acquisition and Development; Children's language and literacy practices; Peer interactions in classrooms; Linguistic anthropology/ Sociocultural linguistics
Duff, Patricia Adolescent Issues; Adult Education Issues; English as a Second Language; French and Second Languages; International Perspectives; language education; Literacy; Multiple Literacies
Early, Margaret Adolescent issues, English as a second Language, language education, literacy, teacher research
Kubota, Ryuko Language Rights and Policies; language education; multicultural education; culture and language; race and language teaching; language ideologies; critical applied linguistics
Li, Guofang longitudinal studies of immigrant children
Norton, Bonny education, ESL, international perspectives, literacy, teacher research
Shi, Ling Academic Writing; Second Language Writing; Teaching English as a Second Language Writing
Talmy, Steven Teacher Education
Zappa, Sandra academic discourse socialization of (international) English language learners in higher education, examining the literacy socialization trajectories and the role their individual networks of practice (INoPs, a concept I coined) in becoming aware of the host culture values and expectations; projects examining the intercultural competence development of foreign language teachers studying abroad; foreign language-learning through peer exchange programs; academic English coaching for university-level English language learners; collaboration between language and subject specialists; and student perceptions of academic English language development in CBI courses.

Student & Alumni Stories in Teaching English as a Second Language

Ashley Moore

Doctor of Philosophy in Teaching English as a Second Language (PhD)