Dr. Jan Dormer has taught ENL (English as a New Language) and TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) courses at Anderson University since 2009. Her areas of interest include teaching English as a Foreign Language (in non-English speaking countries), bilingual education, issues pertaining to native and nonnative English speaking teachers, and teaching English in missions.
Jan grew up in Brazil as the daughter of missionaries. After completing a B.A. in elementary education from Asbury University and an M.A. in TESOL from Ball State University, Jan married a Canadian pastor and moved to Canada. There, she taught English to immigrants at Mohawk College and Brock University for eight years.
The Dormers then entered mission work. Jan developed ESL programs for an international school in Indonesia for four years. The family then moved to Brazil, where Jan developed a Christian English school which grew to 150 students in five years. The Dormers did not receive permanent visas to stay in Brazil, and this led them back to Canada where Jan completed her Doctor of Education at the University of Toronto, then back to Indonesia. During this second term in Indonesia, Jan developed a Master of Education program for Indonesian teachers.
Jan and her husband currently work at a Bible college in Kenya. Jan teaches courses in English and education, while she also teaches online and in the summers for Anderson University. In addition to teaching, Jan has authored many book chapters and articles in the field of TESOL. Her book Teaching English in Missions: Effectiveness and Integrity was recently published by William Carey Library. In addition, Jan is currently writing the intermediate level textbooks for ACSI's (Association of Christian Schools International) new children's EFL series.
Jan is active in the TESOL profession. She currently serves on TESOL International's Professional Development Board, and also developed and teaches their online course "Fundamentals of TESOL." In addition, Jan is co-editor of CELEA News, the newsletter for the Christian English Language Educators Association.
ENL Licensure Program
B.A., Asbury University
M.A., Ball State University
Ed.D., University of Toronto