This page showcases the ESOL program’s strengths. Click on the tabs below to learn more about what we do, inside our classrooms and beyond!
What our students say about ESOL classes (quotes from ESOL course evaluations):
ESOL 1010 students participate in the General Studies Writing’s Writing Showcase each semester.
At this event, students share their writing, get presentation experience, and learn more about GSW. Thanks to GSW for inviting us to celebrate writing together!
Students complete a variety of assignments and learn about campus resources in ESOL classes.
Assignments are designed to help students improve their language skills. Many assignments also allow students to be creative and explore topics they are interested in. ESOL students also learn about campus resources like the Language Learning Center and the Collab Lab. Some instructors design class activities or assignments using these resources.
Some examples of assignments and student work:
In Fall 2018, International Teaching Assistants enrolled in ESOL 5040 participated in panel discussions to explore issues related to teaching in the US.
In Spring 2017, ESOL 1010 student Rita Tavpash conducted a short survey about her ice sleeve project and wrote a report about the results. She also presented her product idea at The Hatch in April 2017, where she made a deal with investors to fund her project.
In Spring 2017, ESOL 1010 students researched academic honesty rules and made memes to share what they learned.
Collaborations with International Programs and Partnerships:
- During International Student Orientation, the ESOL program gives a presentation about academic honesty at American universities.
- We co-sponsor events, like an International Café at the beginning of the fall semester.
- In June 2017, Vietnamese High School students came to BGSU for a summer camp coordinated by International Programs and Partnerships. Fernanda Capraro, Amy Cook, and Kimberly Spallinger organized an ESOL session where students participated in ice-breaker activities and a campus scavenger hunt.
Partnerships with the School of Teaching and Learning:
We have been involved in several grant-funded projects: English ACCESS Microscholarship Program, Teaching Excellence and Achievement (TEA) program, and International Research and Exchanges (IREX). These exchanges provide opportunities for educators from around the world to come to BGSU and learn from each other and from BGSU faculty.
In March 2017, the ESOL Program partnered with BGSU's College of Education and Human Development for the 2017 English ACCESS Microsholarship Program, a professional development program funded by the U.S. Department of State. Read more
Participation in the College of Business' dual degree program:
From Fall 2015 to Spring 2018, faculty member Lucinda Hunter taught ESOL classes in China at Tianjin Polytechnic University (TPU) in partnership with TPU and BGSU’s College of Business.
Extracurricular programs for students and community members:
Our extracurricular program, the Cross Cultural Conversation Connection (CCCC) brings together international and domestic students to promote cultural understanding through conversation. Our free community English class, aka Family English, is open to anyone who would like to improve their English skills.
ESOL faculty and graduate assistants are actively involved in the field of teaching English. We regularly attend conferences and other professional events to learn from others and to share the work we’re doing in our own classrooms.
For more information about faculty presentations, visit our Faculty and Staff page, then click on each faculty member’s name.
TESOL International Convention
The annual Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages [TESOL] Convention is the largest professional event in our field. ESOL faculty and graduate assistants regularly attend and present.
Kimberly Spallinger, Amy Cook, Ana Kryzhanivska, Fernanda Capraro, and Lucinda Hunter at TESOL 2019.
Other Conferences and Events