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):
Freddie and Frieda take part in an ESOL Methods class
Frieda is ready to learn in an ESOL Methods class!
The class looks on as Freddie and Frieda participate in class.
Freddie and Frieda are excited to be a part of the class!
Frieda practices her writing skills!
ESOL 1010 students have participated in the University Writing Program's Writing Showcase.
At this event, students share their writing, get presentation experience, and learn more about UWP. Thanks to UWP 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.
Pictures below showcase Academic Honesty memes that ESOL 1010 students created after learning about and researching the topic of academic honesty rules. The samples below are from Spring 2017 and Fall 2021.
- The meme portrays a laid-back koala bear relaxing in the bed of leaves. The meme caption reads "I seem harmless just like plagiarism." The meme refers to the fact that despite their calm portrayal, koalas can actually be quite aggressive and violently attack other animals and even humans.
- The meme illustrates a white cat impersonating Plagiarism hiding around the corner from two Dobermans impersonating professors and academic honesty policy.
- The meme depicts Yoda, a character in Star Wars, with the following caption: "No. Try not. Just cite correctly. The is no try."
- The meme shows Fry, Futurama character, squinting his eyes in disbelief and confusion. the caption reads: "When your teacher tells you copy/paste is plagiarism."
The University Writing Program (UWP) and T/ESOL Program collaborated to bring Paul Kei Matsuda, one of the biggest scholars in T/ESOL and Rhetoric and Writing Studies, to BGSU.
- A photo of Paul Kei Matsuda having dinner with T/ESOL and UWP faculty at Clay Pot. Left to right: Paul Kei Matsuda, Anastasiia Kryzhanivska, Amy Cook, Lucinda Hunter.
- A photo of Paul Kei Matsuda playing board games at Juniper with English Department graduate students. Left to right: Paul Kei Matsuda, TJ Pyatt, Bryan Urias, William Walton-Case, Charity Givens.
- A photo of Paul Kei Matsuda with afternoon presentation attendees.
- A photo of Paul Kei Matsuda delivering his presentation. On the background, the slide includes the following text: [What is good writing? Find a partner and discuss what ”good writing” is. Identify the criteria for “good writing”. Choose which criteria are most important. Be prepared to explain your choice.]
- A photo of Paul Kei Matsuda and English Department faculty posing with the giant BGSU letters. Left to right: Fernanda Capraro faces camera through the top of letter B, Chad van Buskirk leans on letter G, Anastasiia Kryzhanivska and Lucinda Hunter are inside letter S, and Paul Kei Matsuda is sitting inside letter U.
World Thinking Day
On February 19, 2022, some ESOL students joined the collaborative efforts of BGSU and Girl Scouts of Western Ohio in celebration of World Thinking Day. During multiple poster session rounds, students presented to Girls Scouts and their parents about their home countries, cultures, languages, traditions, food, and more.
- Zixi (Sissi) Fu, a student in ESOL 1010, presenting about China. In addition to the poster, Sissi also created a brochure for her audience (not pictured here) describing traditional Chinese musical instruments and other interesting facts about her home country.
- Sairam Garimella (a student in ESOL 1010), Tejaswini Kode (a student in ESOL 5000), and Aurobi Das (a student in ESOL 5000) presenting about India. In this picture, Tejaswini Kode talks about Indian food.
- Varun Nistala, a student in ESOL 1010, presenting about Dubai, a city in the United Arab Emirates. In this photo, Varun is pointing to and discussing the Ain Dubai, the world's tallest Ferris wheel.
- Zixi (Sissi) Fu posing next to her poster and Chinese flag.
- Sairam Garimella, Tejaswini Kode, and Aurobi Das, all wearing traditional Indian attire, posing next to their collaborative poster about India. Indian flag can be seen in the background.
- Varun Nistala posing next to his poster and the flag of the United Arab Emirates.
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 Microscholarship Program, a professional development program funded by the U.S. Department of State. Read more about this program
Participation in the Schmidthorst 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 Schmidthorst College of Business.
Extracurricular programs for students:
Our extracurricular program, the Cross Cultural Conversation Connection (CCCC) brings together international and domestic students to promote cultural understanding through conversation.
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.
GSS Outstanding Research Assistant Award
Krys Ingman, ESOL/Accessibility GA, wins a GSS Outstanding Research Assistant Award! Congratulations, Krys!
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.
Other Conferences and Events
Updated: 01/25/2023 04:48PM