Dr. Jill Swavely's current research interests involve the study of teacher preparation for teaching literacy to English learners in secondary school content areas. She has also done research in the area of second language writing for both K-12 and college-level English learners. As coordinator of Temple’s ESL certificate program, her teaching interests involve designing and teaching courses in this program that prepare teachers for designing instruction, assessments and curricula that effectively address the needs of K-12 English learners. She is co-primary investigator of a five-year, $2.7 million Department of Education National Professional Development grant titled “Transforming School L.I.F.E. (Leadership, Instruction and Family Engagement) for English learners.” Through this project, she is providing professional development to teachers and administrators in selected School District of Philadelphia high schools. As part of this professional development, school faculty, staff, and administrators will not only improve the educational experiences of their English learners, but also will improve their relationships with these students’ families and communities.

Research Interests

  • Language Comprehension/Development
  • Language Processes
  • Literacy

Courses Taught




EDUC 4441

Discourse Practices in Diverse Communities


TESL 3631

Principles and Practice for Teaching English Learners


TESL 4444

English Language Teaching: Curriculum and Assessment


TESL 5613

Multilingual Students' Literacy Development


TESL 5616

Designing Assessment and Curriculum for Multilingual Students


TESL 5687

Practicum for Teaching English Language Learners


Selected Publications

  • Swavely, J.M. Re-Designing Western Civilization: ESL Students' Responses to Writing in a 'Great Books' Course.