Thursday, August 29, 2013

ESU IDT welcomes TESOL into the IDT family

As you may have noticed in some of my recent emails and blog posts, I have been referring to IDT as IDT-TESOL.  That's because, shortly before the start of the semester, some restructuring occurred at Emporia State University. The TESOL program (Teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages) moved from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (Department of English, Modern Languages, and Journalism) to The Teachers College and into our Department of Instructional Design and Technology. Why, you may ask?  Here's why:
  • The Teachers College is a better match for the TESOL undergraduate/graduate licensure program and the MA in TESOL program.
  • The TESOL programs are offered entirely online - and well, that's one of the things we do best in IDT, right?
  • The TESOL wanted join ESU's most productive, most dedicated, most award-winning, smartest, coolest, most-talented and best-looking faculty, students, and alumni (o.k., maybe I exaggerated a bit on this one).

We are proud welcome the two outstanding (and I DO mean outstanding, just check-out their biographies) TESOL faculty members - 

Dr. Salim Sehlaoui 

Dr. Manjula Shinge 

(Note that we haven't even had a chance to move their web pages from the EMLJ department, yet).

Is there a name change in the future for IDT?  IDT-TESOL?  That hasn't been determined, yet. So, stay tuned. 

One thing's for sure, though. IDT just got even BETTER with the addition of TESOL!

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