[Edling] "ESL" Job Title- Please Critique!

Curry, MJ mjcurry at Warner.Rochester.edu
Thu Oct 26 07:07:17 EDT 2017

Current terminology has replaced ESL with “ESOL” for teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages—and terminology for the learners themselves, at least in the US, has moved quickly from ESL students to English learners to English as a new language learners. The term ‘English as an additional language learner’ is perhaps the most accurate but a bit clunkier from the acronym use perspective!

All the best,
MJ Curry

From: Edling <edling-bounces at bunner.geol.lu.se> on behalf of Myrna Goldstein <myrnaenglishfile at gmail.com>
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Date: Thursday, October 26, 2017 at 4:58 AM
To: Educational List <edling at bunner.geol.lu.se>
Subject: Re: [Edling] "ESL" Job Title- Please Critique!

Hi Chelsea,

How about ESL Educator?
After all, education is what we all do and is holistic.

Myrna Goldstein, MATESL
Are You in Your English File?
Eilat, Israel

On Oct 12, 2017 11:00 AM, "Chelsea Walter" <cwalter at coloradocollege.edu<mailto:cwalter at coloradocollege.edu>> wrote:


My name is Chelsea Walter and I am the "ESL Specialist" at Colorado College. I am looking for input regarding my title, as I feel that it may be out of date with current terminology.

A brief description of my work: I provide academic support to culturally and linguistically diverse (CLD) students via coursework and individual consultations, as well as consult with faculty on best practices (those that are particularly culturally responsive) for working with CLD students.

Might any of you have an idea on a more holistic title? I feel that "ESL Specialist" conveys a remedial and deficient nature and does not encompass the CLD student and educational experience itself, but rather focuses on the "ESL" label.

Any feedback is greatly appreciated!

ESL Specialist
Colket Center for Academic Excellence
Tutt Library 214
chelsea.walter at coloradocollege.edu<mailto:chelsea.walter at coloradocollege.edu>
o (719) 227-8288
14 E. Cache La Poudre St.
Colorado Springs, Colorado 80903

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