Serving English Language Learners in Higher Education: Unlocking the Potential
Classrooms in the United States face an increasingly diverse student population. In higher education, increases in immigration as well as growth in international student enrollment means that institutions are faced with the challenge and opportunity of serving English learners (ELs) on their campuses.
This white paper describes profiles of three English learners in higher education, each from a distinct group: international students, recent immigrants, and Generation 1.5 students. The profiles detail the motivations, experiences, and challenges that each EL faces in his or her academic pursuits. The paper offers considerations for serving ELs in colleges and universities at both the institutional level and classroom level, with an emphasis on how technology can be used to leverage research based practices. Examples in practice illuminate the recommendations by providing case study examples.
Join an expert panel of practitioners and researchers who will discuss the white paper at TESOL Convention on March 28, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. Following the panel, attendees will be asked to engage one another in discussion of key points from the paper and panel.