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Jan Dormer

Director of TESOL and ESL & Professor of TESOL

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instruction of english learners in k-12 education second language acquisition teaching english as a second language teaching english as ministry tesol material and curricular development


  • EdD, TESOL Curriculum, Teaching and Learning, University of Toronto
  • MA, TESOL, Ball State University
  • BA, Elementary Education, Asbury College

Featured Publications

ELT Basics: A Beginner’s Guide to English Language Teaching
Authors: Jan Dormer
Publisher: TESOL Press (2023)
Teaching English for Reconciliation
Authors: Jan Dormer, Cheryl Woelk
Publisher: William Carey Publishing (2018)
Language Learning in Ministry
Authors: Jan Dormer
Publisher: William Carey Publishing (2021)
What School Leaders Need to Know about English Learners
Authors: Jan Dormer
Publisher: TESOL Press (2016)
Teaching English in Missions
Authors: Jan Edwards Dormer
Publisher: William Carey Library

Career Highlights


  • The Harry and Nancy Preis Award for Outstanding Teaching, 2017 (Messiah College Graduate School)
  • Earl Stevick Award for outstanding Christian TESOL professional, 2023 (Christian English Language Educators Association)


  • Lived and worked overseas in TESOL ministry for 16 years, in Indonesia, Brazil, and Kenya
  • For the past 15 years have provided seminars and professional development around the world on meeting the needs of English learners, especially in international Christian schools


I have taught English around the world, including in Brazil, Indonesia and Kenya. The teaching of English can provide so many opportunities for building relationships with others! I love my current role of helping to equip young people for service to God and others through the many open doors that TESOL can provide.

I coordinate all TESOL programs, including TESOL Certificate, TESOL Minor, and ENL/ESL Licensure for K-12 education; teach and supervise TESOL courses.

My advice to freshmen is to consider adding the short, 4-course TESOL Certificate to whatever else you are studying! If you want to engage at all with other people groups, either at home or abroad, this certificate will help equip you to do that. I welcome in person and virtual chats with anyone considering TESOL!

In addition to my work at Taylor, I am involved in these ministries:

  • helping churches develop ESL programs for immigrants
  • helping mission organizations develop effective TESOL ministries
  • helping missionaries and their organizations develop effective systems for learning new languages