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Faculty Honored for Excellence in Teaching
UAB Reporter
July 27, 2018

Dr. Josephine Prado, Assistant Professor of English-learner education in UAB's ESL program, has been selected as one of twelve UAB faculty to receive the President's Award for Excellence in Teaching, which honors those who have demonstrated exceptional accomplishments in teaching. The 2018 honorees were recognized during the annual Faculty Convocation, held on October 22 in the Doubletree Hotel.

Meghan GillilandStudents Learn How to Teach English Everywhere
UAB Magazine
March 2018

By Gail Allyn Short; photo by Steve Wood
UAB's ESL program has been teaching research-proven methodologies for instruction ELLs for nearly two decades, allowing ESL teachers to reach their full potential. UAB's graduate program for teaching ESL has had a statewide and international impact, with UAB ESL students and alumni currently teaching in nearly a third of Alabama's school systems and around the world.

community english classesCommunity English Classes a Decades-long Tradition in Birmingham
UAB Reporter
August 21, 2017

For more than 20 years, UAB has offered free English conversation classes to the Birmingham community, led by Dr. Josie Prado. Taught by a combination of community volunteers and graduate students learning to teach English as a second language (ESL), the classes are a trifecta of many core UAB values: leveraging knowledge while providing training to students and performing a service for the community.

2017 02 Kelly Hill Susan Spezzini squareUAB English as a Second Language Program Receives $5 million to Improve Language Learning in Alabama
UAB News
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.

Sarah HicksUAB Alumna One of 35 Educators Selected as Grosvenor Teacher Fellow

UAB News
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
UAB News
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
Winter 2008

Oh, What a Feeling - Toyota Funds Family Literacy Project
Education Outlook - Volume 8, Number 2, page 8
Fall 2006
UAB School of Education - DeKalb County
Education Outlook - Volume 7, Number 1,  pages 2-3
Winter 2005

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

Project EQUAL: Local schools target cross-cultural disparity
Education Outlook - Volume 6, Number 2, page 6
Fall 2003


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
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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
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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

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