ESL Institute


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Institute Presentations

PDF icon TESOL Principles and Standards for Adult Education ESL Programs.pdf PDF icon Pellissippi State Community College ESL Program Overview


Institute Details

May 13-14, 2019

Nashville State Community College Southeast Campus
5248 Hickory Hollow Pkwy.
Antioch, TN 37013

Travel reimbursements will be provided for each team campus to send a 5 person team. Each institution should submit only one invoice for the team. 

Hotels should be within the Davidson County state rate of $179 + tax.

Mileage reimbursement up to 2 vehicles for teams of 5.

The following meals will be covered and should be excluded from your per diem claim: Breakfast and Lunch both days.

Please contact, 615-366-4482 for any questions.

Registration Deadline: April 30, 2019

According to the Tennessee Department of Education: “Tennessee’s EL population is increasing significantly, with 45 percent growth in the EL population from 2011 to 2017. In 2016-17, 132 Tennessee districts and 1,451 schools served ELs. Should this growth trajectory continue, we will exceed 60,000 ELs by 2020.” With consideration for how we support the changing demographics of our recent high school graduates, our colleges should become better equipped to meeting the needs of this growing population.

In consultation with ELL/ESL representatives from TBR institutions, several themes emerged as areas for further development as institutions move towards being compliant with TBR policy 2:03:00:03.

1. Advising students of available support;

2. Faculty/staff understanding of what an ESL program is and how to better serve this population;

3. Teaching faculty/staff about the difference between accommodations and ESL support;

4. Academic planning that creates conditions for courses to “make” and how to structure co-requisite models;

5. Legal issues related to identifying students who need ESL.

The two-day event will address the needs identified in the list above as well as time for the campus teams to use the information gained in the institute to develop a campus implementation and scaling plan.

Suggested members of the 5 person team would include:

1. Senior academic officer;

2. Faculty/staff coordinator responsible for coordinating ESL program;

3. Admissions/student support  representative responsible for working with international and migrant/refugee students;

4 - 5. Two faculty members in co-requisite reading/writing and math that would be working with ESL students.


File ESL Institute Detailed Agenda

Day 1

8:00 - 9:00 a.m. - Check-In

9:00 -10:30 a.m. Workshop: ESL Students and Their Unique Needs

10:30 -12:15 Institutional Sharing & Lunch

12:30 -4:30 p.m. Workshop: Designing ESL Programs & Courses with Students In Mind (TESOL Standards for ESL/EFL Teachers of Adults & Standards for Adult Education ESL Programs)

Day 2

9-11 a.m. Workshop: Recruitment, Onboarding, and Student Supports (including legal issues to consider)

11- 12:45 Institutional Sharing: Pellissippi State and Walters State

1-3 p.m. Team Planning Time

3 p.m. Institutional Report Out & Wrap Up