TESOL Symposium Gives Students Insight into Field

by Jenni Hodges, Public Relations Writer

Students interested in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) can learn about opportunities in this field on March 14. The department of English, literature and modern languages will host its second annual TESOL Symposium at 4 p.m. in the Center for Biblical and Theological Studies, room 103.

Three guest speakers will talk with students about teaching ESL, directing ESL programs and TESOL graduate studies. Adjunct professor Susanna Etzel will share her experiences teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) in the Czech Republic, and Dennis Wolf will speak about the ESL program he directs at the Miami Valley Career Technology Center in Dayton. Students will also hear from Cedarville graduate Laura Martin, who taught in China with the ERAP program and is currently pursuing a master's degree in TESOL at OSU. All three speakers will also answer students’ questions.

Associate professor of German Annis Shaver, Ph.D., said TESOL is an important field for students to consider. “We have—and have always had—many immigrants who come to America for a better life,” Shaver said. “In order to pursue their dreams, they need to be able to read, write and speak English.” Shaver said English has also become a global language for business. “People all over the world want to learn or improve their English in order to get better jobs,” she said.

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