Faculty Guidelines

Learning a language takes a lifetime. Our students are here for just four years, so to improve their English language proficiency, ESOL is a great resource.

Faculty Guide for Teaching ESOL Students

The ESOL program supports the unique problems faced by students whose first language may not be English and addresses performance issues in reading, writing, speaking, and listening.

It is important for us to address:

• the difficulties that students from other cultures face in American universities—they can often be over-generalized as simply levels of language proficiency.

• the cultural values, beliefs and practices, and styles of communication that  make it hard for ESOL students to become skilled academic writers.

• the need for classes, tutorials, workshops, and informal forums to support the students in their language learning process.

ESOL Resources:

Suggest to the students in your classes that they get involved in ESOL programs.

When you require a writing conference for a paper, you can refer students to our office. Students will be assigned a professional writing tutor who will work with them weekly or as often as they want to meet.

When students realize how working with someone can help improve their communication skills, their confidence increases and their learning process becomes less stressful.

We work with students, faculty, fellows, interns—anyone on the Hill—seeking to improve their English language skills.

Contact Information

Barbara Britt-Hysell

Director of the English for Speakers of Other Languages Program
Buttrick Hall, Garden Level
315-859-4150 bbritthy@hamilton.edu

Office Hours

Academic Year

Aug 25 – May 14

M 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.

T 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.

W 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.

T 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.

F 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Weekend conferences by appointment.
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