UAB Publications

UAB to Celebrate Commencement May 12: Frankie Perez, first MAEd/ESL graduate to give the post-baccalaureate speech
UAB News Online May 4, 2012
Video of Frankie's speech

2012_05_Frankie_Perez_3ESL Teacher Education Program Renamed
UAB News Online  April 12, 2011

Dr. Susan Spezzini wins President's Award for Excellence in Teaching
UAB Reporter Online  March 19, 2009

UAB partners with Shelby, Homewood schools to beef up ESL education
UAB Reporter  October 8, 2007  Volume 32  Number 1  pages 1 & 3 
Project EQUAL: Local schools target cross-cultural disparity
Education Outlook  Fall 2003  Volume 6  Number 2  page 6

Profile on Students: Jeanne D'Arc Boohaker
Education Outlook  Winter 2008  Volume 9  Number 2  page 10

Toyota Family Literacy
Education Outlook  Fall 2006  Volume 8  Number 2  page 8
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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  Winter 2005  Volume 7  Number 1  pages 2 & 3

Overcoming Obstacles: Building a Strong Foundation
Education Outlook Spring 2004  Volume 6  Number 2  page 3

UAB Wins $389,000 in Grants to Help Teachers Educate Non-English Speaking Children
November 27, 2001

Press Releases

Current UAB School of Education press releases

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

Local Press

Hispanic Alabama - Migrant Preschool
Public educators are frontline witnesses to America's shifting pattern of migration.
Alabama Public Radio  October 2, 2007
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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
[mp3 audio] 

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

World Press

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