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W. Jason Stegemoller


Associate Professor, English as a Second Language/Bilingual Education
Director, Literacy Programs

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

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 co-directed the ESL STEM Success Grant (ESSG), which was a 5-year federal grant designed to improve instruction for English learners in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) subjects. 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. While he has a deep interest in the Spanish language and Mexican culture, he loves all language and has studied several besides Spanish, including German, Finnish, Swedish, and American Sign Language, among others.


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:


The overarching goal of my scholarship 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. creation of tools to facilitate collaboration among educators of English learners
  2. development of practies to meet the needs of students with limited or interrupted formal education (SLIFE)
  3. exploration of bilingual practices in mainstream classrooms 

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Contact Information:

Office: 5202 Old Orchard Rd., Skokie, IL, 60077


Telephone: (224) 233-2296








    NLU’s Chicago campus on South Michigan Avenue occupies five floors of the historic Peoples Gas Building. This landmark building, across the street from the Art Institute of Chicago and Grant Park, is easily accessible by train, bus and car and is surrounded by restaurants, parking lots/garages and shops.

    122 S. Michigan Avenue
    Chicago, IL 60603
    (888) 658.8632
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    Conveniently located in a fast-growing business district off I-90 and Route 31, NLU Elgin features 10 classrooms with high-tech media equipment; a computer lab with high-speed Internet access; two conference rooms; and comfortable student lounges. Parking is free at this recently remodeled and upgraded teaching site, which now includes wireless Internet access.

    620 Tollgate Road
    Elgin, IL 60123
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    Opened in the summer of 2006, NLU North Shore at Skokie is a state-of-the-art modern campus located just off the Edens Expressway near the Old Orchard Shopping Center. The campus includes 44 wireless classrooms equipped with high-tech media equipment; four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, including a walk-in lab in the library; six conference rooms; a public café for beverages and snacks; a student welcome center; a library for research and study; and multiple, comfortable student lounge areas.

    5202 Old Orchard Road
    Skokie, IL 60077
    (888) 658.8632
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    Located just minutes from the East-West Tollway (I-88), NLU Lisle features 42 wireless classrooms equipped with high-tech media equipment; four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, including a separate walk-in lab in the library; a café for beverages and snacks; a student welcome center; a library for research and study; conference rooms; and six comfortable student lounge areas with wireless access.

    850 Warrenville Road
    Lisle, IL 60532
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    Located in one of Chicago's major northwest suburbs, the newly renovated NLU Wheeling includes 20 classrooms with high-tech media equipment, four conference rooms, four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, large student lounge areas with wireless capabilities and interactive video capabilities, and an extensive research library. The site also houses the university library research collection.

    1000 Capitol Drive
    Wheeling, IL 60090
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    Established in 1988 and located in one of Tampa's major business districts, NLU's Florida Regional Center serves students in 13 counties in central Florida. In addition to its classrooms, the National Louis University Tampa Regional Center features a computer lab, student lounges, and conference room.

    5110 Sunforest Drive, Suite 102
    Tampa, FL 33634
    (800) 366.6581
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