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Professor Emeritus Ann Mabbott Selected by U.S. Department of State for English Language Specialist Assignment

Professor Emeritus Ann Mabbott will continue to share her expertise around the globe during her retirement.

The U.S. Department of State announced that she has been selected for an English Language Specialist project focusing on teaching English language educators in Spain during October. Mabbott is part of a select group, as one of approximately 80 U.S. citizens each year selected to serve on an English Language Specialist assignment.

Mabbot says, “This next chapter is an extension of my Hamline career, where I specialized in working with teachers who have English learners (immigrant and refugee students) in their classroom.”

Mabbott will be busy during her assignment. She is slated to deliver two plenary sessions at two different bilingual education conferences, as well as conducting intensive workshops for pre-service English teachers in several different cities. Once the work in Spain is over, she will still be a specialist and may head to other countries in the spring.

Hamline University is a part of the work that Mabbott will be doing overseas.

She notes, “The English Learner in the Mainstream (ELM) federal grant that Hamline has now was written by Michelle Benegas and me, and in part I will be sharing our work with the grant.”

Before retiring and being named emeritus in August, Mabbott was an accomplished Professor within Hamline’s School of Education for over two decades. In addition to securing the ELM grant, she was the Director of the Center for Second Language Teaching and Learning from 1996-2009, and was invited to speak nationally and internationally as an expert in how to teach English as a second language.

The English Language Specialist Program is the premier opportunity for leaders in the field of teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL) to enact meaningful and sustainable changes in the way that English is taught abroad. Through projects developed by U.S. Embassies in more than 80 countries, EL Specialists work directly with local teacher trainers, educational leaders, and ministry of education officials to exchange knowledge, build capacity, and establish partnerships benefiting participants, institutions, and communities in the United States and overseas.


For more information, please see the press release.