From the middle of the USA, located in Hays, Kansas, the English as a Second Language Department of TMP-Marian High School bridges the cultural and social gap through communication. Our classroom setting fosters students to be who they are in both their native speech as well as within the ESL experience. The mission of the ESL Program of TMP-M is to ensure that each non-native speaker develops linguistically, academically, and cognitively within a socially and culturally supportive environment. Our program provides intensive English instruction that offers non-native speakers the opportunity to acquire the communicative competence necessary to meet academic, social, and personal goals.
We also encourage students to gain an understanding of the American language and culture while encouraging them to participate actively in the learning process both in and out of the classroom. Students gain a cognitive development that includes the power to create meaning, to construct new understanding or interpretation, and to engage in abstract thought. Our commitment is to our students experiencing construction of meaning and acquisition of language that includes the social and cultural context of his/her experiences in their home, school, community, and the broader society.
Mrs. Stacey Lang received her Spanish Education Bachelor’s Degree from Fort Hays State University in 1995. She is currently taking classes to complete an endorsement in the English as a Second Language (ESL) program. Mrs. Lang has been teaching in the ESL field for over 10 years. Before joining TMP-Marian in 2011, she taught at schools in Kansas and Nebraska. In addition to teaching, Mrs. Lang is also the Sponsor for Global Trotters International Travel Club; they will be taking a trip in June 2015. Also she serves the school on the following committees: the Safe and Supportive Grant Coordinator, Mulit-Cultural Club C0-Sponsor, and School Improvement Committee. Outside of school Mrs. Lang uses her time, talent, and treasure with her involvement in her parish, St. Nicholas of Myra, serving on the Booster Club as a board member. When Mrs. Lang has a bit of free time she can be found cooking and baking with her daughter, or biking and boating with her son. She enjoys traveling and gardening as well as spending time with her husband and family.