Community College ESL Faculty

The Community College ESL Faculty Special Interest Group (SIG) is a group for faculty and staff in ESL/ESOL programs at Community Colleges in Massachusetts.  

The group meets several times during the school year, and communicates via a MATSOL E-List.

Some issues the group has addressed include: Credentialing for ESL across the state; The relationships between Adult Basic Education, workforce ESL and academic ESL; Being proactive on the college campus; Over-reliance on adjunct faculty; Grants and their effects on our programs; Defining success for a community college student; Anti-immigrant backlash; Academic credit for ESL: Writing position papers on important issues. 

The group recently drafted the MATSOL Position Statement on Massachusetts Community College ESOL Programs alt on 1) Academic credit for ESOL courses, 2) Equity for diverse populations, 3) Inclusion of ESOL faculty in program changes, and 4) Access to ESOL courses statewide. The statement was approved by the MATSOL Board of Directors in April 2014.


The groups is open to current MATSOL Members at no charge. 

  • Non-Members: Join MATSOL and choose "Community College ESL" as a special interest areas.
  • Members: Update your member profile and choose "Community College ESL" as a special interest area.

Meetings are open to current members of MATSOL at no charge. Pre-registration is required for each meeting.


The Community College ESOL E-List is open to current MATSOL members. View instructions for subscribing to an E-List


Meetings have not been scheduled yet for the 2014-15 school year. Check the MATSOL Calendar for upcoming meetings.


Coming soon!