W. Jason Stegemoller


Associate Professor, English as a Second Language/Bilingual Education
Assistant Director, School of Advanced Professional Programs
Co-Director, ESL STEM Success Grant

Programs/Classes Taught:

Bilingual Education Endorsement
English as a Second Language Endorsement

CIL 500: Foundations of ESL and Bilingual Education

CIL 501: Introduction to Linguistics for TESOL

CIL 505: Methods and Materials for Teaching English as a Second Language

CIL 506: Methods and Materials for Teaching Bilingual Education

CIL 510: Assessment of ESL and Bilingual Education Students

CIL 531: Cross Cultural Education

EDL 630: Understanding and Using Educational Research

Areas of Expertise:

K-12 and adult English as a second language and bilingual education

Second language literacy/biliteracy

Transition of bilingual, immigrant secondary students to post-secondary contexts

ESL/Bilingual teacher education for STEM teachers and general education teachers

Grant writing and grant management


Dr. Stegemoller is an associate professor of ESL/Bilingual education at National Louis University in Illinois. He grew up in a bilingual community in southern New Mexico. He has taught English as a second language to adults as well as children and young adults in diverse contexts in Finland, England, New York, Michigan, and Illinois. He is a co-director of the ESL STEM Success Grant, which is a federal National Professional Development grant funded through the Department of Education's Office of English Language Acquisition. He works with project personnel to engage collaboratively with community partners to provide professional development activities intended to improve instruction for K-12 English learners and assist teachers in meeting high professional standards in teaching English learners. He has also collaborated on several federally funded research teams. One project explored cross-linguistic transfer in the reading performance of 2nd – 4th grade Spanish-English bilingual children, and another was a longitudinal study of the development of secondary English teachers.


Ph.D., Curriculum and Instruction, Second Language Acquisition and Teacher Education (SLATE), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

M.A., Teaching English as a Second Language, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

B.A. Psychology/linguistics, Indiana University

Research and Interests:

I am interested in examining bilingualism, biliteracy, and cross-linguistic influences in students who grew up with more than one language, in particular Spanish and English. I also want to understand how teachers implement knowledge about bilingualism, biliteracy, and language acquisition. The overarching goal of my research agenda is to explore and illustrate overlapping ways that contexts and previous experiences inform students' and teachers' appropriation of language practices and linguistic knowledge. Current projects include: 1) development of tools to facilitate collaboration among educators of English learners; 2) exploration of monolingual elementary teachers' development of practices that support multilingual learners in tapping into linguistic and cultural resources as they acquire English and learn content; 3) analysis of bilingual, immigrant students' negotiation of linguistic and cultural identity in academic writing;

News about my work:

  • ESL STEM Success Grant effort makes headway in first year
  • National Louis University Awarded Grant to Build Multilingual Network

Contact Information:

E-mail: jason.stegemoller@nl.edu

Telephone: (224) 233-2296




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