English for Speakers of Other Languages

English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) is a multi-disciplinary program incorporating instruction in written and spoken Standard English. In the program, there are opportunities for ESOL students to participate in tutorials, workshops and activities that challenge the limitations of the academic, social, and cultural implications of language use and language identity for the ESOL student.

ESOL students no longer fit into neat categories of language minority students, ESLLs, or international students. Hamilton students have complex literacy experiences. As a language program, ESOL provides native second language speakers, native bi-lingual, non-native native bi-lingual, immigrant, and Generation 1.5 students with key opportunities to gain insight into how English fits “their literacy and linguistic identity.” 

We also have TESOL Education Studies classes, Methods of Tutoring English to Speakers of Other Languages and Seminar in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, for students who are interested in teaching certification courses. Support from Mohawk Valley Resource Center for Refugees allows students to complete upward of 120 hours of field experience in the adult education.

Student Testimonial

As students having studied English in other countries, sometimes in international schools for our whole lives, some of us do not consider ourselves ‘non-native’ English speakers. Our language ability is definitely competent enough in terms of grammar and diction, but our writing and explanatory styles may differ from the method favored in the traditional American college paper.

Contact Information

Barbara Britt-Hysell

Director of the English for Speakers of Other Languages Program
Buttrick Hall, Garden Level
315-859-4150 bbritthy@hamilton.edu

Office Hours

Academic Year

Aug 25 – May 14

M 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.

T 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.

W 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.

T 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.

F 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Weekend conferences by appointment.
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