FAQ for Fac/Staff
ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) support for multilingual students is housed in World Languages, Cultures, & Media. ESOL support involves a layered approach offering support to staff, faculty, and students in the form the following:
- Academic English courses for both international and domestic students who do not speak English as a primary language. Robin also teaches courses about how to teach English as an additional language and language and education in East Africa.
- Language and Cultural Exchange Program which offers all students the opportunity to develop oral skills in not only English but also other languages.
- One to one support for students (and faculty and staff!) who need assistance in English reading, writing, speaking, and listening. Please email Robin for assistance if at any point you are working with a student struggling with English language skills. The earlier the better!
- Training of WORD Studio tutors in multilingual writing pedagogy and making sure there are tutors who identify as a multilingual student.
- Utilizing multilingual student teaching assistants for academic English courses.
- Evaluation of and recommendations for ESOL courses/support/probation assistance and assessment of language skills.
- Faculty and staff development 2-3 times a year on topics such as multilingual writing assessment, linguistic racism, asset-based instructional design, and more. Informational emails during International Education Week and activities during World Languages Week.
- Working individually with faculty through informational emails, instructional materials, and in-person and Zoom consultations as well as advising on pedagogy and working collaboratively to help students succeed.
- Collaboration across campus departments to advocate for equitable design and assessment, to provide information regarding multilingual needs and programming, and to work on equity related to linguistic and cultural backgrounds.
- Pedagogical guidance and considerations which can be accessed here: https://www.stlawu.edu/offices/world-languages-cultures-and-media/esol-program
- Robin is also the coordinator for the Peace Corps Prep Program and on the African Studies Program Board. If you are unsure of any service or support related to language and culture on campus – just ask! Not all is listed here!