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English as a Second Language (ESL)

The Reading/Writing Center supports English as a Second Language (ESL) students.

Dr. Jake Romaniello is an English Language Learner Specialist in the Reading/Writing Center. He has a master's degree in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) and a PhD in intercultural education. He has more than 11 years' experience teaching English in Thailand and China.

At Augustana, Dr. Romaniello  teaches ENGL 120: Language and Culture of the U.S., and a spring term FYI class on mindfulness. In the Reading/Writing Center, he works one-on-one with up to 24 students a week on their English language skills.

To make an appointment with Dr. Romaniello, log in to Starfish and raise the "English Language Help (ESL)" flag, email Dr. Romaniello, or call 309-794-8958.

Peer tutors

The Reading/Writing Center's 20-plus peer writing tutors are trained in how to best help multilingual students acclimate to Augustana's academic culture and expectations. These tutors are recommended by two faculty members and complete two terms of writing tutor training. Several tutors are multilingual themselves.

To make an appointment with a peer writing tutor, sign up via Starfish, email the Reading/Writing Center or call 309-794-8987.