English Language Learners

English Language Learners/Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages Programs

Become a competent, caring, inclusive, reflective, proactive, and highly qualified ELL/TESOL and bilingual professional educator who makes a difference in students’ lives.

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Summer Institute for Educators Involved with Assessment of ELL-SWDs

The Assessing English Language Learners with Disabilities 2015 Summer Institute  will be held on August 17-21 in Marlborough, Massachusetts. Faculty will be Dr. Maria B. Serpa of Lesley University and Dr. Claudia Rinaldi of Lasell College.

Learn to better identify and implement evaluation procedures for students with disabilities who are also English Language Learners. PDPs available. Limited to 25. Applications due by June 30.
Read more about it and apply [pdf].

Meet the Program Director

Laura Schall LeckreneLaura Schall-Leckrone is the program director for our ELL/TESOL programs. She has been a bilingual and Spanish teacher, and K-12 curriculum director in both urban and suburban public schools. Her teaching and research focus on preparing teachers to teach linguistically diverse youth, and pedagogy that promotes disciplinary and critical literacies. Read full profile »

Assessing and Teaching English Language Learners

ELLs"Imagine you are an eight-year-old child whose family is newly arrived in the United States and enrolled in a public school where only English is spoken... Six months later, your teacher thinks you may have a disability and refers you to special education. He does not know you are able to read well but in your native language..."  Read the article »