Project CREATE (Curriculum Reform for All Teachers of English Language Learners) is a five-year project (2007-2013) designed to prepare all new teachers graduating from Saint Michael's College to work effectively with the increasing number of English Language Learners (ELLs) in U.S. classrooms.
- Collaboration: CREATE will develop partnerships within the College and local schools
- Reform: to examine and improve ELL instruction
- Innovation: develop innovative SMC student placements to support local initiatives in ELL instruction
Project CREATE is funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of English Language Acquisition (OELA). OELA funds 100% ($905,140) of this five-year project.
Professional Learning Community
The CREATE Professional Learning Community consists of faculty from Saint Michael's College's Applied Linguistics and Education Departments, as well as partnering local area school districts including Burlington School District, South Burlington School District, and Winooski School District.
As a Professional Learning Community (PLC), the participants in Project CREATE will works together to brainstorm and address issues surrounding the teaching of English Language Learners in Vermont's public schools, and the modeling of good teaching practices for pre-service teachers at Saint Michael's College.
Undergraduate Intensive English Language Study Program (UIELSP) Grant
In August 2008, the Applied Linguistics Department was awarded a grant from the U.S. Department of State as one of five colleges/universities to host undergraduate students from Latin American countries at Saint Michael's College.
The overall purpose of the program, managed by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, is to support exchanges and build relationships between America and the people of Central and South America, to improve the English proficiency of promising undergraduates to make them competitive in later graduate study in the US, or in government sponsored exchanges.
Through this grant, the Applied Linguistics Department has hosted 99 students from Central and South America under the program coordination of Christine Bauer-Ramazani, with assistance from Barbara Sargent, both instructors of Applied Linguistics. The countries represented include Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Uruguay, and Venezuela.
In order to improve their English language skills, students are integrated into the Intensive English Program, taking courses in reading, writing, grammar, oral skills, academic skills, and service learning. To foster the students' knowledge of American institutions, culture, and society, the students participate in a multitude of activities on and off-campus, including observation of undergraduate/graduate classes, visits with Saint Michael's College host families, presentations in local public schools, conversation and culture partner exchanges, a tour of the State House in Montpelier and a meeting with the Governor of Vermont, Spanish/French mass, contra and square dances, ski/snowboarding trips, ice-skating, a trip to Boston, a theater outing, an International Festival, and more. The students live in the ambassador housing suites on campus, where they have American and international roommates from the undergraduate program.
At the conclusion of their studies a receptions in the student's honor, where they have entertained the Saint Michael's College administrators, host families, faculty, and staff with songs and dances from their countries.
The program has been exceptionally successful, as measured by the response of the students and the campus community.