Training to Enhance Services for

English Language Learners


About the project

Speech-language pathologists (SLPs) have a vital role in enhancing the educational outcomes of English language learners (ELLs).


The most significant educational predictor of preschool children’s language and cognitive development is the quality of teacher-child interaction (Early Child Care Research Network, 2000, 2002). Consequently, professional development to enhance the quality of language input and interaction with ELLs is critical.  As language experts, SLPs can make a significant contribution to enhancing professionals’ ability to provide rich language stimulation to ELLs and to identify children at-risk for language impairment.

The purpose of this project is to help speech-language pathologists transfer knowledge to other professionals about best practices in evaluating and fostering language development in English language learners (ELLs).


Over the years, we have received numerous requests from SLPs for resources and materials that may help them train other SLPs and educators who work with ELLs. To help meet this need, we are pooling our efforts to develop the accessible and replicable Training to Enhance Services for ELLs (TESELL) professional development modules.  The particular focus of this program in on preschool-age Spanish-speaking ELLs with and without language impairment.


This project is sponsored by funding from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Grant Program to Support Multicultural Activities.  Please note that content posted on this website is managed by project personnel. ASHA is not responsible for and does not necessarily endorse the content.