President’s EDGE and Linguistics partner to provide suite of services from language to citizenship

The President’s EDGE program at UNT is collaborating with the Linguistics Department to offer English as a Second Language (ESL) classes for staff members this spring.

The program offers a unique opportunity for Linguistics Department students to work with a diverse group of people, gain real-world experience in an educational setting and help UNT community members.

“The President’s EDGE Program is an excellent venue for our students to get practical training for their degree or Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) certificate program,” says Patricia Cukor-Avila, professor of linguistics. “Students are not only able to teach, but also gain experience preparing lesson plans under the guidance of their mentor professor.”

The President’s EDGE was established in 2011 and has worked with many departments across campus and in the community. The program’s original goal was to provide an opportunity for staff members to obtain a General Education Diploma (GED). Since then, the program has expanded to include English language courses and computer skills, as well as offering help with cultural assimilation and citizenship.

 “Programs like this benefit the UNT community because of the way in which they unify members of our staff from all fields and walks of life,” says linguistics graduate student and ESL instructor Amber Desmond. “Providing lessons that are accessible to a wide variety of English levels and educational backgrounds is a key goal for the President's EDGE program.”

ESL courses are offered Mondays and Wednesdays from 5:15 to 6:15 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to noon. For more information about the courses or the program, contact the President’s EDGE office at 940-565-4320.