ESOL Lab School

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Goals and Structure of the Lab School  

The Lab School goals are:

  • To conduct high-quality research on second language acquisition and classroom discourse and arry out systematic innovation through research-driven enhancements to existing practice.

  • To collaborate with researchers at other institutions, nationally and internationally, to conduct investigations of the role of language in classroom learning, particularly, language learning.

  • To strengthen professional development systems for adult ESOL teachers by connecting the Lab School closely to local preservice and inservice training and by disseminating research and professional development material.

The Lab School developed (2001-2005) as a partnership between PSU and Portland Community College (PCC). PCC is the largest provider of ESOL services in the Portland metropolitan area offering adult ESOL services in many locations. One of these was the dedicated location on the PSU campus.

The Lab School most recently recorded classes from Portland State's Russian Flagship Program. We are hoping to undertake other classroom discourse research projects for language, math, or science classes.

PSU's Department of Applied Linguistics is home to a BA in Applied Linguistics, an MA in TESOL, and a TESL Certificate program. Researchers from PSU and other universities around the world conduct research projects on the organization of classroom discourse, second language acquisition, and teacher training with data from the Lab School. 


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