TESOL: Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

Farrah Taylor Giroux

Part-time Literacy Instructor
Farrah Taylor Giroux, Part-time Literacy Instructor

Office Location

8 Bailey Hall, Gorham campus



Academic Degrees

  • M.S. Ed. in Applied Literacy, University of Southern Maine
  • CAS in ELL Literacy, University of Southern Maine
  • BA in English and French, Wellesley College


I have had the pleasure of working for the University of Southern Maine for close to ten years. It gives me great joy to work with and mentor new English language educators.When I am not working with teachers, I am teaching middle school language learners in Southern Maine. " For while we have our eyes on the future, history has its eyes on us." Amanda Gorman

Areas of Expertise

ESOL Literacy, ESOL planning and programming, ESOL content-based instruction, ESOL sheltered-instruction science programming for grades 6-8, ESOL sheltered-instruction English/language arts programming for grades 7 & 8, ESOL teacher preparation and mentoring, standards based education in the sheltered-instructional ESOL classroom

Research Interests

Content-based instruction for culturally and linguistically diverse students, co-teaching in secondary education, inclusive education in secondary schools for culturally and linguistically diverse students, trauma and it's effects on children in schools, rigor in sheltered-educational programming

Awards and Recognition

  • Westbrook Middle School Teacher of the Year 2018
  • Nominee Maine ESOL Teacher of the Year 2020-2021

Professional Activity

  • 2013-present Teacher of English learners Westbrook Middle School
  • 2014-present part-time faculty/lecturer for Department of Literacy, Language, and Culture
  • 2011-2014 part-time ESOL instructor for Portland Adult Education and South Portland Adult Education.