ESOL | WhiteLine Creative

ESOL | WhiteLine Creative


It’s absolutely necessary for teachers to
be able to work and to assess English learners. They’re placed in mainstream classrooms and
teachers have the responsibility to be able to work with each and every student. My name
is Jane Govoni and I am currently the owner of consulting services called ESOL and Higher
Ed. ESOL stands for English for Speakers of Other Languages. The goal is to enhance teacher
training in Florida and then bring this training to other states who don’t have any ESOL training
because research has shown that more and more English learners are coming into our school
systems across the nation and the ESOL population is the largest growing population across the
state and yet many teachers don’t have any tools, they don’t have any techniques, they
have no knowledge, except if they read on their own. But as far as any type of training,
any type of workshops, for some states it’s just not there. ESOL training is so important
because we have so many English learners in our pre-K – 12 classrooms and we just don’t
have adequate training for the teachers. Less than 20% of the teachers nationwide have some
type of training in ESOL. I created the company because I’ve been involved with ESOL training
for many years and I’ve taught hundreds and hundreds of teachers ways to work with English
learners. I believe that I can bring this to other states and other teacher education
programs so that teachers who are currently frustrated, who currently don’t have the background
knowledge to work with students that are placed in their classroom, that this website, this
company, will provide the services to support their teaching. Think about it. If you were
placed in Germany and you were in a school system in Germany, and did not speak German,
and you went over and you had, you know, maybe you had a small hundred word list of German
words so you could get by a little bit. You’re in a classroom 6 hours a day, 5 days a week.
Tell me that wouldn’t wear on you, mentally, physically. That light bulb will go on like,
“Wow, this is what my students deal with every single day.” I firmly believe that if we can
train more and more teachers to better understand that and to find ways, I don’t know if there’s
a perfect solution for this, but I believe if the awareness level is there, teachers
will make a difference.

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