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About ENL


What We Do

ENL has a threefold approach to helping Catholic schools ensure that their English language learners thrive. ENL helps schools and teachers develop a deep understanding of the process of language acquisition, employ research-based instructional strategies, and cultivate culturally sustaining classrooms.

ENL transforms schools in 3 strategic ways:

Forming ENL Teacher-Leaders

The ENL Hernandez Fellows are Catholic school teachers and principals who seek to deepen their expertise in educating linguistically diverse populations by taking six courses (18 graduate-level credits) at Notre Dame during the summer and online throughout the year. Learn More...

Strengthening Instruction by offering ENL Professional Development

ENL professional development takes on two forms: onsite professional development and online modules. ENL professional development is intended to to improve instruction for English language learners, develop a common language among educators, and promote culturally sustaining pedagogy. Learn More...

Sharing ENL Resources

Visit our compilation of ENL resources tailored for the specific realities of Catholic schools. Resources include an English Oral Language Assessment (EOLA), webinars, videos, theological resources, multicultural literature, and relevant research. Learn More...


Interested in ENL?

Learn more about the ENL Program by contacting Katy Lichon, Ph.D., at , or 574-631-2554.

5 Reasons to Join the ENL Hernandez Fellows