Biography

Dr. Jill Swavely's current research interests involve the study of teacher preparation for teaching literacy to English learners in secondary school content areas. She has also done research in the area of second language writing for both K-12 and college-level English learners. As coordinator of Temple’s ESL certificate program, her teaching interests involve designing and teaching courses in this program that prepare teachers for designing instruction, assessments and curricula that effectively address the needs of K-12 English learners. She is co-primary investigator of a five-year, $2.7 million Department of Education National Professional Development grant titled “Transforming School L.I.F.E. (Leadership, Instruction and Family Engagement) for English learners.” Through this project, she is providing professional development to teachers and administrators in selected School District of Philadelphia high schools. As part of this professional development, school faculty, staff, and administrators will not only improve the educational experiences of their English learners, but also will improve their relationships with these students’ families and communities.

Research Interests

  • Language Comprehension/Development
  • Language Processes
  • Literacy

Courses Taught

Number

Name

Level

ENES 3338

Foundations of Language Teaching: Teaching English Language Learners in Grades 4 to 12

Undergraduate

TESL 4444

English Language Teaching: Curriculum and Assessment

Undergraduate

TESL 5613

Multilingual Students' Literacy Development

Graduate

TESL 5616

Designing Assessment and Curriculum for Multilingual Students

Graduate

TESL 5616

Teaching Second/Foreign Language Skills: Curriculum and Assessment in TESOL

Graduate

TESL 5631

Foundations of Language Teaching: Meeting the Needs of English Language Learners

Graduate