UAB English as a Second Language Program Receives $5 million to Improve Language Learning in Alabama
February 1, 2017
Two grants from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of English Language Acquisition will help improve instruction for English language learners in three east Alabama school systems and dual language learning for preschoolers across the state. The five-year grants, totaling $5 million, will fund two projects run by the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Education. The projects will provide professional development to current educators, assist future teachers in preparing to teach the English language learners, and provide outreach activities for parents, families and members of the community.
From left: Kelly Hill, Ph.D. and Susan Spezzini, Ph.D.
UAB Alumna One of 35 Educators Selected as Grosvenor Teacher Fellow
October 4, 2016
Sarah Hicks, who received a Master's degree in English as a Second Language from the UAB School of Education in 2013, is one of 35 educators from the United States and Canada to be selected for the 10th annual class of National Geographic Grosvenor Teacher Fellows.
UAB to Celebrate Commencement May 12
May 4, 2012
Frankie Perez, first MAEd/ESL graduate to give the post-baccalaureate speech
Video of Frankie's speech
Profile on Students: Jeanne D'Arc Boohaker
Education Outlook - Volume 9, Number 2, page 10
Oh, What a Feeling - Toyota Funds Family Literacy Project
Education Outlook - Volume 8, Number 2, page 8
|ESL students at Rocky Ridge Elementary School put learning to work by creating the Children's International Restaurant. Parents and school administrators participated as "customers" of the restaurant while first and second grade students acted out various restaurant roles. ESL teacher and UAB alumnus, Sevim Whitaker (left picture, top center), was assisted by UAB ESL Teacher Education Program student volunteers, Leslie Tomlinson (left picture, top left) and Angela Adams (left picture, top right).|
UAB School of Education - DeKalb County
Education Outlook - Volume 7, Number 1, pages 2-3
Overcoming Obstacles: Building a Strong Foundation
Education Outlook - Volume 6, Number 2, page 3
Project EQUAL: Local schools target cross-cultural disparity
Education Outlook - Volume 6, Number 2, page 6
UAB partners with Shelby, Homewood schools for ESL Education Research
The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Education has won two new five-year federal grants totaling more than $2.5 million for English as a Second Language (ESL) training for teachers in the Shelby County and Homewood City schools.
August 8, 2007
Hispanic Alabama - Migrant Preschool
Public educators are frontline witnesses to America's shifting pattern of migration.
Alabama Public Radio October 2, 2007
Hispanic Alabama - Indigenous Languages
Hispanic immigrants to Alabama use many different languages and dialects, and this creates a communication barrier between parents and educators.
Alabama Public Radio October 2, 2007
Afternoon literacy program seeks to connect teachers, ESL parents
Candace Hatcher, 2010 UAB ESL graduate and teacher at University Place Elementary School recently held a literacy afternoon for parents and students.
The Huntsville Times by Pat Ammons
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Local School Holds Celebration of Cultures
Gwin Elementary School in Hoover, Alabama, held a very successful International Day in which 35 different countries and cultures were represented by students.
CBS 42 News January 28, 2011
Gwin Elementary School's ESL program helps Hoover students, families break through barriers
At Gwin Elementary School in Hoover, Alabama, ESL students, their parents, and pre-school age siblings are offered various programs to help them succeed.
Birmingham News Monday, February 8, 2010 by Tiffany Ray
City Servant Spotlight: Thompson ESL instructor Francisco Perez
Profile of Perez, a Venezuelan native who coaches baseball and instructs ESL classes at Thompson High School in Alabaster, Alabama (Shelby County Schools).
Alabaster Reporter November 5, 2009 by Neal Wagner
Alabama receives average marks on its annual Quality Counts report card
Making improvements in closing achievement gap with English Language Learners Statistics for English Language Learners better than national averages
Birmingham News Wednesday, January 7, 2009 by Marie Leech
Hispanic student enrollment in Alabama rises 12 percent
12% increase this year offsets some drops in non-Hispanic enrollment in K-12 classes
Birmingham News Thursday, December 4, 2008 by Erin Stock and Tom Gordon
Research backs English as key to development
Data indicates speakers can earn 25% more but high-value language remains preserve of elites.
Guardian Weekly Tuesday, July 5, 2011 by Max de Lotbiniere
France wants to 'reinvent' English language teaching from age three
Children could start learning English in France's nursery schools from age three as part of a strategic review of language education launched by education minister Luc Chatel.
Guardian Weekly Tuesday, February 8, 2011 by Max de Lotbiniere