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 can improve academic and colloquial English, learn American and academic culture, and connect with other students from all backgrounds. We also offer courses about teaching English abroad, language and education in East Africa, and business and language skills in the global workplace.

ESOL courses offer multilingual domestic and 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. Students also have the support of multilingual tutors in the WORD Studio writing center in ODY library.

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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 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.

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