Twenty-six visiting ESL teachers from China paid a visit to the School of Education at Hagedorn Hall on January 21 to hear about Hofstra’s offerings in ESL (English as a Second Language) and LOTE (Languages Other Than English).
Professor Tatiana Gordon, program director for Hofstra’s education offerings in languages and bilingual education, welcomed the group who are on Long Island visiting the nearby Roslyn School District for several days. She also focused on the cutting-edge trends in TESOL teacher preparation (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages).
School of Education Dean Sean Fannelli, Associate Dean for External Relations Jay Lewis, and Director of the Language Laboratory Mustapha Masrour also gave presentations.
Faculty in the School of Education say there is a demand in the US for K-12 teachers who are fluent in Chinese. These may be American-born students who study Chinese and learn to teach the language, or international students already fluent in Chinese who earn an education degree and teach the language in American schools. There is also a surge in international students, particularly from China, who want to pursue their master’s in ESL and return to China to teach English.