TESOL: Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

Graduate student tutor with student

USM’s Literacy, Language, and Culture (LLC) Program is committed to promoting 21st century literacy, multilingualism, and multiculturalism locally and globally by offering graduate certificates and degrees in Literacy Education and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). Classroom teachers, educational technicians, adult educators, school administrators, international teachers, and those interested in teaching English abroad are encouraged to apply for a relevant program of study. Literacy Education certificates and degrees are based on the International Reading Association’s Professional Standards for Reading Professionals, which emphasize foundational knowledge; curriculum and instruction; assessment and evaluation; diversity; literate environment; and professional learning and leadership. TESOL certificates and degrees are based on the TESOL Professional Teaching Standards, which emphasize language; culture; planning, implementing, and managing instruction; assessment; and professionalism.

LLC program graduates pursue careers and professional experiences as literacy specialists, literacy interventionists, K-12 and adult education ESL teachers, ESL program directors, Title I directors, English as a Foreign Language teachers, and Peace Corps volunteers. Maine certified teachers may earn additional professional credentials as Literacy Specialists (Maine Certificate 092) and English as a Second Language Teachers (Maine Endorsement 660).

News & Events

Professor Stairs-Davenport reading to her niece
Dr. Stairs-Davenport challenges students in the Literacy, Language, and Culture Program at USM to read to a child for 15 minutes and post a photo to social media. Dr. Stairs-Davenport and her niece Lily read Amazing Animals. Join them at #ReadtoME. More information about the challenge and resources for supporting daily read alouds may be found at the Maine DOE website: http://www.maine.gov/doe/readtome/
Two current students and five recent graduates from the University of Southern Maine have been invited to share their work at the Northern New England Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (NNE TESOL) Annual Fall Conference, along with faculty member Dr. Andrea Stairs-Davenport, of the Literacy, Language and Culture Program.
Marilia Martins, current graduate student in the TESOL program at USM, was awarded Best Paper Presentation at the TESOL/Applied Linguistics Graduate Students Conference hosted by East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina.