ESOL/EAP Program | St. Lawrence University Modern Languages

ESOL/EAP Program

 SLU offers numerous opportunities for students to engage in English language learning and teaching. ESOL/EAP courses fall under the larger umbrella of TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) and students are supported and engaged through ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages), EAP (English for Academic Purposes), and teaching pedagogy courses.  Students will improve academic and colloquial English, learn American and academic culture, and connect with other students from all backgrounds. Students interested in teaching ESOL also have opportunities to study ESOL teaching pedagogy.

EAP offers international students the ability to refine academic skills through studying vocabulary, reading and writing conventions, speaking, and listening. Even when a student has a high TOEFL score (Test of English as a Foreign Language), he/she may struggle with academic expectations in the US. EAP courses support these students as they work towards success in an American university.

ESOL teaching pedagogy courses offer students the ability to study the art of teaching ESOL. Young people fresh out of college find teaching English abroad an excellent employment opportunity to build their resumes with international experience and to get paid to travel the world.  But what does it take to be qualified to teach abroad and teach it well? Students enrolled in the Critical Aspects of Teaching ESOL course as either an FYS or as an upper level course will become certified as an ESOL tutor and will study teaching theory and practice. These courses are open to all students, not just native English speakers.

One goal of the ESOL/EAP program is to build bridges between international and domestic students. Therefore, we offer a conversation partner and ESOL/EAP tutoring program.

ESL map

This map is a collaborative project of the students in Robin Rhodes-Crowell’s Critical Aspects of Teaching English as a Second Language class. Each student has written a corresponding paper examining socio-cultural considerations, appropriate teaching pedagogy, educational frameworks, situational analysis, and significant TESOL topics. This map is a summary of student work as it relates to opportunities, as well as cultural and teaching considerations within a specific country.  In hope that we will add to the collective knowledge on what teaching abroad entails, we have highlighted important information country by country, as well as given links to the full papers and our class teaching resource bibliography. Students should email the professor, Robin Rhodes-Crowell,, for more information.

We would like to acknowledge the following people, without whom, this map would never have been completed:

  1. Gisele El khoury, Director of the Language Resource Center, St. Lawrence University
  2. Dakota Casserly,  GIS/GPS Technician, St. Lawrence University

SLU students went on a trip to Rwanda at the end of the spring 2015 semester, check this link for footage from their trip.