Overview

The minor in ESL prepares students to teach English as a second language within the U.S. or abroad. Students in elementary and secondary education programs must fulfill the requirements for the ESL education minor. Students interested in teaching abroad or in programs such as community education, literacy, or church outreach should fulfill the requirements for the non-education minor.

Scholarships

Dollar amounts reflect awards given for the 2014-15 academic year.

Winifred Holkeboer Memorial Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,800
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.0+
  • financial need not required
  • apply through the English department
John and Alma Hoogland English Education Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,000
  • sophomore
  • financial need considered; secondary education; English major
  • apply through the English department
Kenneth and Lillian Kuiper Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,300
  • senior
  • GPA of 3.0+
  • financial need considered
  • apply through the English department
Helen Hoogland Meulink Education Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,500
  • junior or senior
  • financial need required; secondary education; preference to an English major
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Dr. Charlotte Otten Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,500
  • junior or senior
  • GPA 3.0+
  • pursuing a major in English
  • financial need is required
  • apply through the English department
Richard R. and Kathleen J. Tiemersma Scholarship
  • award amount: $1,800
  • senior
  • GPA of 3.3+
  • financial need required
  • apply through the English department
William E. and Margaret J. Van Wienen Scholarship
  • award amount: $1,600
  • junior
  • GPA of 3.0+
  • financial need required; have an interest and be active in community involvement projects
  • apply through the English department
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Faculty

Marilyn Bierling

Marilyn Bierling
Professor of Spanish
Director, Advanced Semester in Peru 2013
Department of Spanish
HH 403
mbierlin@calvin.edu
(616) 526-8540

Albert Boerema

Albert Boerema
Professor of Education
Department of Education
SC 315
ajb37@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6036

Leanne Doornbos Nagel

Leanne Doornbos Nagel
ESL Instructor, Academic Counselor
SC 353
ldn2@calvin.edu
(616) 526-8893

Marcie Pyper

Marcie Pyper
Professor
Department Chair
Department of Spanish
HH 405
mpyper@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6356

Ronald Sjoerdsma

Ronald Sjoerdsma
Professor
Department of Education
SC 389
sjoero@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6213

David Smith

David Smith
Professor
Director, Kuyers Institute for Christian Teaching and Learning
Department of German
HH 425
dsmith@calvin.edu
(616) 526-8609

Marj Terpstra

Marj Terpstra
Assistant Professor
Department of Education
SC 307
mat7@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6190

Elizabeth Vander Lei

Elizabeth Vander Lei
Professor
department co-chair
Department of English
CFAC 273
bvlei@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6434

Talk to us

Elizabeth Vander Lei Elizabeth Vander Lei
Program Director
department co-chair
Department of English
CFAC 273
bvlei@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6434

Admissions

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Teach This

Interested in teaching? You can gain certification in English as a Second Language as a:

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Professor Robert Keeley talks about the education program.

Learn More

Explore Calvin's teacher education program.

Contact Elizabeth Vander Lei for more information about teacher certification in English As A Second Language

Read the teacher education guidebook for more detailed information about certification.

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