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Tag: English as a Second Language
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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...
NIU student tutors middle school student
In an effort to reach out to Latino middle school students in DeKalb County, the NIU Literacy Clinic has teamed up with the NIU Latino Resource Center, the NIU Center for Interdisciplinary Study of Language and Literacy and DeKalb Community Unit School District 428 to create a one-on-one, bilingual student-mentoring program. Creando Caminos, loosely translated...
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...
Greg Long
Federal mandates are requiring post-secondary institutions across the country to implement best practices to increase access, reduce barriers and achieve greater success with a diverse student body. This is particularly important as NIU enrolls a greater numbers of older students, veterans and second-language learners. These students represent a myriad of social, economic and cultural backgrounds....
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NIU’s Center for the Interdisciplinary Study of Language and Literacy will host a panel discussion at 4 p.m. Thursday, April 12, on “The Many Voices of Literacy: Stories from English Language Learners.” The discussion in the Sky Room of the Holmes Student Center will feature students in high school and college who will share their...
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ELS Language Centers (ELS) is pleased to join the NIU community and to contribute to the international diversity of the region.  Opening this month, ELS offers multiple levels of English as a Second Language (ESL) to international students from abroad. The third floor of the Student Health Services building is home to ELS with offices, classrooms and...