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Last year’s Literacy on the Lawn drew more than 200 people.
Literacy on the Lawn opens its next chapter at a new location: NIU’s Convocation Center. The Northern Illinois Jerry L. Johns Literacy Clinic event is set for 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, June 11 at all-weather friendly Convo Center. Award-winning children’s book author Carolyn Crimi will present a lively program from 11-11:45 a.m. It  promises...
Are you bilingual?
Want to free up your schedule to take more electives? Speed your time to graduation? Receive career-enhancing formal certification or earn a language minor with just a few more classes If you’re bilingual, you might be eligible to earn free academic credit through NIU’s Celebrate Bilingualism Program. Undergraduate students who can pass a standard test...
Photo of young girl reading book
Northern Illinois University’s Department of Literacy and Elementary Education is offering an evening program designed for working adults interested in obtaining Master of Arts in Teaching degrees which will lead to initial licensure in elementary education. NIU plans to start a new cohort for summer 2015 at the NIU-Naperville campus. This part-time program is ideal for...
Flag of Ecuador
As English becomes the “lingua franca of the world” – the language spoken throughout international power circles of business and politics – countries with different native tongues want to ensure their children are prepared. That list includes Ecuador, where profits from its vast oil resources help to fund tuition-free professional development in the United States...
Project ROAR at Cortland Elementary School
Sitting in clusters of three, the Cortland Elementary School second-graders write things for which they are thankful onto “leaves” and “pumpkins” cut from red, orange and yellow construction paper. Friends. Clothes. Cousins. Mama. Teacher. Food. Halloween. Next, they squirt Tacky Glue onto their harvest-colored shapes and press them onto paper plates as they create Thanksgiving...
A photo of books in the Children's Literature Collection of NIU's Gabel Hall.
Mayra Daniel understands more than many the importance of colleges and universities equipping teachers with the necessary skills to teach and design effective and appropriate culturally relevant instruction. Daniel, an NIU professor of literacy education and bilingual ESL coordinator, moved to the United States from Cuba as a child. “When I first came here, I...
English as a second language (ESL) programs are becoming increasingly popular in teaching programs across the country. And no wonder. ESL credentials are increasingly necessary for teachers to land jobs. The reason: an exploding number of English language learners in public schools. In this state alone, according to a 2011 Illinois State Board of Education...
James Cohen
The Office of English Language Acquisition (OELA) of the U.S. Department of Education has awarded a $1.8 million grant to James Cohen, assistant professor in the Department of Literacy Education in the NIU College of Education. The grant provides funding for “Project DREAMS” (Development of Reading, ESL, eArly Childhood, Mathematics and Science), a five-year, professional...