The Department of Curriculum and Instruction, in coordination with the Department of Languages and Literatures, offers a minor in both English as a second language (ESL) and Bilingual Education. These minors lead to licensure in the state of Wisconsin and are added onto licensure in another primary area. Individuals who pursue the Bilingual Education minor must first complete requirements for the ESL minor. In addition, a minor in Teaching English to Adults, which does not lead to licensure, is offered for non-Education majors who wish to teach adults in post-secondary settings in the United States or abroad. The ESL/Bilingual Education Program has been awarded multiple grants from the U.S. Department of Education since 2000, which have helped us establish a multimedia resource library at UW-Whitewater for the university community and area school districts. The library, located in Winther Hall 1002A, boasts a wide range of teacher, parent, and children’s books, dictionaries, games, videos, and manipulatives for teaching English learners and emergent bilinguals. Faculty in the Program in ESL/Bilingual Education regularly offer professional development opportunities to area school districts. These initiatives are helping school districts meet the needs of language minority children and families.
The Program in ESL/Bilingual Education draws on the expertise of four faculty members who work closely together: Professors Susan Huss-Lederman, Julie Minikel-Lacocque, Melanie Schneider, and Wallace Sherlock. For further information about the ESL minor, please contact Dr. Melanie Schneider, email: firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about the Bilingual Education minor, please contact Dr. Julie Minikel-Lacocque, email email@example.com. Those interested in Teaching ESL to Adults should contact Dr. Susan Huss-Lederman, email firstname.lastname@example.org.