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TESOL | Intensive Summer Workshop

The Double Challenge:
Teaching ESL & Emergent Literacy

About the Workshop

This interactive workshop focuses on adult and adolescent English learners with limited first language literacy. Such students are learning to read for the first time in an unfamiliar language. We’ll discuss guiding principles of teaching English to pre- and low-literate adults through an assets lens which seeks to recognize and use the tremendous resources they bring to the learning process. Concrete examples will be presented to immediately see these principles put into practice, with a particular focus on whole-part-whole literacy instruction. Likewise, participants will consider how to integrate learners’ home languages in developing basic print concepts and ways of making instruction multi-modal, kinesthetic, aesthetic, student-centered, and culturally relevant.

Instructional component (all credit options):

  • Friday-Sunday, June 23-25, 9am - 5pm

Follow-up component (3-credit option only): 

  • In-class meetings: June 26, 5:30-8:00pm; July 27, 5:30-8:00pm
  • Independent work and individual meetings with instructor of record: June 26-July 27


Workshop Leaders

Martha Bigelow

Dr. Martha Bigelow is Professor in Second Language Education at the University of Minnesota. She has been engaged in community-engaged and school-based research with East African youth for more than ten years on the intersections of literacies, language learning, schooling and (racial, religious, gender) identities. She has published numerous journal articles and two books related to her work with adolescent Somali refugees in the United States: Literacy and Second Language Oracy (2009, Oxford University Press) with Elaine Tarone and Kit Hansen and Mogadishu on the Mississippi: Language, racialized identity and education in a new land (2010, Wiley Blackwell). She is currently working on an edited book with Doris Warriner entitled Relationships, reciprocity and research with minoritized communities: Methodological meta-reflections on power and equity (Multilingual Matters). See also: Dr. Bigelow Profile at University of Minnesota.


Patsy Egan

Dr. Patsy Egan is the Director of ATLAS, the Adult Basic Education Teaching & Learning Advancement System ( Located at Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota. ATLAS is the main professional development provider for adult educators in Minnesota. Patsy holds an MA in Teaching English as a Second Language and a PhD in Education: Curriculum & Instruction, both from the University of Minnesota. Her research focuses on literacy development and teacher education for adult learners, with a particular interest in teaching adult immigrants and refugees with limited first language literacy. In her role at ATLAS, she directs professional development initiatives around teaching transitions skills, literacy, numeracy, and ESL in adult basic education. Please see also: Dr. Egan profile at Hamline University.


Previous Summer Workshops

2016: Laugh, Joke, Learn: Teaching with Humor in the Second Language Classroom with Anne Pomerantz and Nancy D. Bell

2015: Exploring the Practices of Second Language Teacher Education with Karen E. Johnson and Paula Golombek

2014: Language and Identity
with Bonny Norton and Christine Higgins

2013: Multiliteracies and Multimodal Communication in ESL/EFL Instruction

2012: International Research and Practices in Bilingual Education
with Carol Benson and Kendall A. King

2011: Doing Action Research in the ESL/EFL Classroom
with Sue Garton and Anne Burns

2010: Addressing Pragmatics in your Language Instruction
with Noriko Ishihara, Noel Houck, and Heidi Vellenga

2009: Teaching Readers of English: A Multidisciplinary Perspective
with John Hedgcock and Dana Ferris

2008: Working with Multilingual Writers: A Multidisciplinary Perspective
with Paul Kei Matsuda, Dana Ferris and Christine Tardy

Quick Links

TESOL Summer Institute
Read about the other summer courses on offer.

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Registration for the Summer Institute opens during the second week of April.

If you would like to begin a Graduate Certificate in TESOL during the Summer Institute, apply through CAS Graduate Admissions.

If you want to take Institute courses as a non-degree seeking student, visit CAS Academic Advising for the registration form and information.

If you are a current AU student, you can register for Summer Institute courses through the myAU portal.

If you are a Consortium student, you should complete consortium registration at your home university.

Workshop options

1. TESL-096.N01
0 credit (special tuition rate: $504)

Friday-Sunday, June 23-25, 9am-5pm

2. TESL-560.N01
1 credit, AU graduate tuition rate

Friday-Sunday, June 23-25, 9am-5pm

3. TESL-560.N02HB
3 credits, AU graduate tuition rate (also qualifies for alumni audit)

Friday-Sunday, June 23-25, 9am-5pm

Follow-up component:
In-class meetings
June 26, 5:30-8:00pm; July 27, 5:30-8:00pm

Independent and online work
June 26-July 27

All tuition costs are subject to change. Visit the Office of the Registrar for more information.