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Chelsea Walter

Cultural & Linguistic Diversity Education Specialist

Chelsea Walter has experience with culturally and linguistically diverse students globally. She has taught English virtually to students and English teachers in China, has taught English language classes at Masaryk University in Brno, Czech Republic, and has most recently taught language and rhetoric to culturally and linguistically diverse students domestically. She has also taught linguistics and language pedagogy to preservice L2 educators. Her interests include linguistics, working with and learning about CLD students, and researching ESL pedagogy and teacher education. She is an Executive Board Member for COTESOL.

Ask Chelsea About...

  • Speaking, listening, reading, or writing for culturally and linguistically diverse students
  • Applying for Princeton Fellowships (Africa, Asia, Latin America)
  • Teaching English domestically or abroad
  • COTESOL or other teaching and language centered professional organizations

Regular Classes

English as a Second Language is an integral part of the services offered to the diverse student population at Colorado College. Chelsea teaches annually in the Global Scholars Program, a transitional education experience for incoming international students. In addition, ESL support is available to any non-native English speaker on campus year-round.

GS208: Advanced Practice for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Learners

This course will provide holistic language support for any culturally and linguistically diverse student. The material will focus on strengthening oral fluency, listening, and note-taking skills through pronunciation practice, vocabulary development, idiomatic expressions, classroom discussions, and presentations. Material will also focus on necessary writing and reading skills, such as understanding prompts, writing expectations, and the writing process, avoiding plagiarism, formatting, synthesizing, editing, and revising. These skills are intended to be directly utilized in concurrent block courses. Personal understanding of American social and cultural topics will also be facilitated. The course will meet twice per week over 4 blocks. 1 unit.

ED200: Teaching Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Learners

This course introduces students to theories, applications, and issues related to teaching English as a Second Language (ESL). Students read second language acquisition theory, learn strategies for working with diverse populations, and understand how to make content area lessons accessible to CLD students. The course includes a field observation practicum component. Block 6.

1 unit 

GSP Course Workshop

As part of their enrollment GSP, students attend a supplemental afternoon workshop. These workshops are focused on the basics of oral and written rhetoric and composition, and by the end of the Global Scholars Program, students will demonstrate the ability to use reading and writing strategies, research skills, participate in discussion-based learning, and produce a thesis-driven essay and corresponding oral presentation.
Some of the tasks that will be completed in the workshop include:

  • Examining and practicing different types of writing most commonly used in college courses (response papers, rhetorical analyses, reflections, argumentative pieces, etc.)
  • Discussing and practicing synthesis of materials
  • Demonstrating principles of ethical scholarship via analyzing primary and secondary sources; determining credibility; creating summaries, quotes, and paraphrases from sources; and citing sources using appropriate formats
  • Performing peer revision in class; practicing editing and proofreading skills
  • Exposure to and practice with various reading strategies
  • Discussing objectives of discussion-based learning; preparing to lead a discussion
  • Evaluating oral presentations; practicing voice projection, nonverbal cues, disseminating information

Education