LEC’s TESOL program faculty to present at 2017 Ohio TESOL Conference


Adjunct faculty members Ruth McMullen and Nicole Mann will represent the School of Education’s recently certified Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) endorsement program for undergraduate students, one of the first in Ohio, at the 2017 Ohio TESOL Conference in Columbus Oct. 27-18.

Conference organizers expect approximately 1,000 attendees, including teachers in K-12, adult education, community colleges and universities, as well as administrators and curriculum specialists.

At the conference, Mann will present “Collaboration among Teachers in a School for English Language Newcomers: What does it look like?” Her study compares classroom observations and interviews with teachers to current best practices in the field: trust, time, assessments, evaluation and leadership. The study focuses on teachers who work with English Language Learners (ELL) who also have a disability.

McMullen will share how Ashtabula Area City Schools use a Universal Design for Learning (UDL) framework to help ELL students succeed. She will describe this social justice approach for educators in “Co-Plan and Co-Serve to Raise the Achievement of all English Learners.”

LEC’s TESOL program is geared toward helping future teachers and in-service teachers in Lake, Geauga and Ashtabula Counties attend to the needs of their ELL students.

Mann, who graduated from LEC, and McMullen instruct courses in the TESOL program, for which graduate students may also enroll. Currently, Mann is teaching several online word study and phonics courses, while McMullen teaches a graduate course in second language learning.

“The theme for the 2017 Ohio TESOL conference is ‘40 Years of Excellence in English Language Education,’” said Mann. “They always do such a fantastic job of bringing so many resources together. I’m excited to be representing our college at such a prestigious event.”


To learn more about the TESOL endorsement at Lake Erie College, contact Nicole Mann at nmann@lec.edu.


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