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John Kotnarowski Selected by U.S. Department of State for Prestigious English Language Specialist Project

The U.S. Department of State announced the selection of UIUC ESL Senior Lecturer John Kotnarowski for an English Language Specialist project focusing on teaching academic writing in Kazakhstan. Kotnarowski is part of a select group, as his project is one of over 250 that the English...

Celebrating International Education Week with a Taste of Language

International Education Week is an annual event that aims to celebrate global education, cultural exchange, and scholarship as well as to raise awareness about the breadth of international education activities and resources available in our community. This event is sponsored by International...

Meet our new OEAI Coordinator, Dr. Qiusi Zhang

This year marks the start of the first fall semester with the Linguistics Department hosting the Oral English Assessment Interview (OEAI). This interview-based assessment - formerly the English Proficiency Interview (EPI) hosted by CITL - serves as an on-campus opportunity for...

Linguistics e-textbook project receives funding from LAS

The Illinois ESL Program received funding from the LAS Student Success Innovation project for redesigning and improving its in-house e-textbook, Academic Writing for English Language Learners, to deliver a more accessible, inclusive, and engaging learning experience.

Dr. Xun Yan

I am working on several collaborative projects with faculty members and students at UIUC. I recently started a 5-year project funded by the Illinois State Board of Education, along with 4 other PIs...
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Linguistics Department shows strong presence at 2023 Illinois TESOL-Bilingual Education Convention

This year's Illinois Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages - Bilingual Education (ITBE) Annual Convention was attended by at least 16 faculty members and graduate students (the majority of whom are instructors in the Illinois ESL Program) from our department! The ITBE Annual...
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