Community College ESL Faculty SIG

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. 

In the past, the group 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 group.
  • Members: Update your member profile and choose "Community College ESL" as a special interest group.

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


The Community College ESL E-List is open to current MATSOL members. Members will be automatically subscribed to the E-list when they choose the Community College ESL SIG in registration. If you'd like to join this E-list manually, please read instructions for subscribing to an E-List.


All meetings are online for the 2021-22 school year:

  • December 2
  • More meetings to come in 2022!

Check the MATSOL Calendar for times, links, and agendas of upcoming meetings.


View the Community College Resource Page.

Steering Committee

Juanita Brunelle, Teresa Cheung, Eileen Kelley, Bruce Riley, and Anne Shull.