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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.

The ESOL Program supports the unique challenges that many multilingual students encounter in the culture of American Academic institutions. The professional ESOL coaches address students’ performance issues in reading, writing, speaking, and listening in order to ensure their understanding of the academic discourse, and Standard Academic English. The two ESOL courses: the American Academic Essay and the Etymology of American Social Movements, are writing intensive courses designed to reflect the educational goals as well as the ethos of the college.

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 for Refugees allows students to complete upward of 120 hours of field experience in the adult education.

For many international students coming to the US for the first time, the American Academic Style of writing can be challenging. If not learned early, this gap could pose a challenge for these students in the American classroom. The ESOL program helps to bridge this gap by teaching us how to become critical thinkers in order to communicate complex ideas in a clear and logical manner. The courses introduced me to American writers, culture and issues of social justice which have served as a great intellectual foundation going into my other classes. I have grown emotionally and relationally because of the program’s healthy support for and recognition of the multilingual students on campus.

Contact Information


Barbara Britt-Hysell

Director of the English for Speakers of Other Languages Program
 KJ 222D and 222E
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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