Language Partners is the Education Justice Project’s English as a Second Language (ESL) program. EJP students, known as “teaching partners,” are trained by Illinois faculty to provide language instruction to men from the general population at the prison. Many of the English learners are from Latin America. Accordingly, cultural events form part of the curriculum, which takes a communicative learning approach. Sessions are held each Tuesday and Thursday evening.

We are pleased to announce that in May 2013 Language Partners received the inaugural Kalamazoo College Global Prize for Collaborative Social Justice Leadership and that in March 2014, Language Partners will be presenting at the international TESOL conference in Portland, Oregon.

For more information please contact Language Partners coordinator Hugh Bishop at hbishop@illinois.edu.

Want to see and read more about Language Partners?

  • Photographs of Language Partners teachers, students, and teacher-trainers
  • Our application video for the Kalamazoo College Global Prize for Collaborative Social Justice Leadership and photographs from the conference in Kalamazoo, Michigan. This video was also shown at a November 2013 Stetson University panel facilitated by Pamela Cappas-Toro and Carmen Lowry: “Displaced Voices: Stories from Syrian Women in Refugee Camps and Men in the Danville Correctional Center”
  • Our video for a presentation at the Violence and Incarceration Community Conversation held at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign on February 19, 2013
  • Our class recipe book, Cooking with the Language Partners: Recipes from EJP’s Language Partners Program, 2011-2012
  • Our peer-reviewed journal article, “Prisoners teaching ESL: A learning community among “Language Partners,” published in Teaching English in the Two-Year College for a special 2012 issue on ESL
  • Jose “Ramon” Cabrales’ essay, “A Letter to Adult ESL Educators,” published in the 2012 Illinois TESOL-BE Link, a quarterly newsletter sent to Illinois ESL teachers

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Urbana, IL 61801 
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