ESOL Program

ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) Program

There are numerous opportunities for students to engage in English language learning on campus. Students have the opportunity to improve academic and colloquial English, learn American and academic culture, improve reading and writing skills, and connect with other students from all backgrounds. 

ESOL courses offer 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. ESOL courses support these students as they work towards success in an American university.

One goal of the ESOL program is to build bridges between international and domestic students. Therefore, we offer a language exchange program and an ESOL tutoring program through the WORD Studio (see course offerings and Language and Cultural Exchange Program).

St. Lawrence University Language and Cultural Exchange Program

ESOL - FAQ for Fac/Staff

ESOL - FAQ for students

SLU Campus Community Multilingual Digital Story Map

This map was started during Fall Semester 2019 in ESOL 201 and 202. Students were invited to create an introduction page by sharing photos and videos and sharing their story in their first language and English. Each student chose the location of their marker, highlighting the diversity of the SLU community as markers fall over most of the globe. The map is opened up for any multilingual faculty, staff, or student (no matter visa status) to contribute their story to the digital story map. The map is a visual representation of the languages and the multicultural diversity we celebrate on campus. To submit an entry for the map, please email

Teaching ESOL Digital Story Map 

This map is a collaborative project of the students in Robin Rhodes’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, for more information.

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

We would like to acknowledge the following people, without whom, the maps would not 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