Shaquavia Chiles served as a helpful tutoring resource for many of her high school friends who needed help as English-as-a-Second-Language (ESL) students.
Shaquavia Chiles served as a helpful tutoring resource for many of her high school friends who needed help as English-as-a-Second-Language (ESL) students. “I realized that I loved teaching, being around people, and helping people, so I decided to pursue a career in it,” she explains.
Research programs at Gardner-Webb University have provided Chiles with opportunities to continue her passion for ESL education and to develop a resource guide that will benefit both students and teachers.
Nearly one of every 10 students in U.S. public schools are ESL learners. “Typically, ESL teachers travel between two and sometimes three different schools,” Chiles shares. “So that can present a problem for classroom teachers who may not be sure about how to help their students whose primary language is not English.”
Through her work in Gardner-Webb’s Undergraduate Research Program, Chiles has created a classroom handbook for K12 teachers who are trying to meet the needs of their students but who may not have direct access to an ESL professional every day. The project has allowed Chiles to interview current ESL teachers and explore previously-published education strategies.
“I’m looking at these strategies and showing other people how they can use them, and I’m learning how to use them, too,” she offers. “I feel like I have an advantage when I go out into my field.”
For more on Gardner-Webb University’s Undergraduate Research Program, contact Dr. June Hobbs.