de Jong, Ester
Professor, ESOL/Bilingual Education
School of Teaching and Learning
College of Education
University of Florida
2413 Norman Hall
PO Box 117048
Gainesville FL 32611
Ester J. de Jong is a Professor in the School of Teaching and Learning. She teaches courses in bilingual and bicultural education and in curriculum, methods, and assessment for English speakers of other languages. Her research interests include two-way bilingual education and other integrated models for language minority schooling, educational language policy, and teacher preparation for bilingual students.
- Ed.D. – Boston University, 1996, Literacy, Language and Cultural Studies
- B.A./M.A. – Tilburg University, 1990, Linguistics and Literature Studies
Key Professional Appointments
Professor, University of Florida, School of Teaching and Learning, 2014-Present
Assistant/Associate Professor, University of Florida, School of Teaching and Learning, 2001-2014
Assistant Director, Bilingual/ESL programs (K-12), Framingham, Massachusetts, 1997-2001
Activities & Honors
2013 Award for Excellence in Research on Bilingual Education (ATDLE)
2012 -2015 B.O. Smith Research Professor
2008-2011 Board of Directors, TESOL International
2010-2013 Member, Editorial Board, Bilingual Research Journal
2010-current Board Member, SSTESOL
Grant Funded Projects
de Jong., E.J., Coady, M., & Harper (July 2007 – July 2014). Principal Investigator. Developing English Language and Literacy through Teacher Achievement (Project DELTA). ($1,107,771). Funding agency: U.S. Department of Education. T195N070016
de Jong, E.J. (May 2011-May 2012). Academic language input in linguistically diverse classrooms. ($8,000). Funding Agency: The UF College of Education Research Incentive Fund. Project #00077138
de Jong, E.J. (August 2009 – 2010). Principal Investigator. Equity in education: Scaffolding for peer interaction in linguistically heterogeneous classrooms. ($40,000). Spencer Foundation.
de Jong, E.J., (August 2009-August 2010). Multilingualism research project. ($20,000). Funding Source: UF Faculty Enhancement Opportunity fund.
de Jong, E.J. (May 2006- May 2007). Principal Investigator. Student and teacher experiences in a secondary two-way immersion program ($3,000). Funding agency: The UF College of Education Research Incentive Fund.
Coady, M., de Jong, E. J.,& Harper, C. A. (2011). Preservice to practice: Mainstream teacher beliefs of preparation and efficacy with English language learners in the state of Florida. Bilingual Research Journal 34(2), 223-239.
de Jong, E.J. (in press). Preparing mainstream teachers for multilingual classrooms, Association of Mexican American Educators Journal, Anticipated publication date Fall 2013.
de Jong, E.J. (2013). Policy discourses and U.S. language in education policies. Peabody Journal of Education, 88 (1), 98-111.
de Jong, E.J. (2010). From models to principles: Implementing quality schooling for ELLs. In Li, G., & Edwards, P. (Eds.), Best practices for ELLs. (189-206). New York: Guilford Press.
de Jong, E.J. (2011). Foundations for Multilingualism in Education: From Principles to Practice. Philadelphia, PA: Caslon Inc.
de Jong, E.J. (2012). Teacher discourse and peer interaction in linguistically diverse classrooms. In: Bogum, Y. & Kim, H. (Eds.), Teachers’ Roles in Second Language Learning: Classroom Applications of Sociocultural Theory. (pp. 191-212). Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.
de Jong, E.J., & Bearse, C.I. (2012). Dual Language programs as a strand within a secondary school: Dilemmas of school organization and the TWI mission. International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism, 1-17.
de Jong, E.J., & Bearse, C. (2011) The same outcomes for all? High school students reflect on their two-way immersion program experiences. In: Christian, D., Tedick, D., & Fortune, T. (Eds.), Immersion Education: Pathways to bilingualism and beyond. (104-122). Clevedon, United Kingdom: Multilingual Matters.
de Jong, E.J., Arias, B., & Sánchez, M.T. (2010). Undermining teacher competencies: Another look at the impact of restrictive language policies. Gándara, P., & Hopkins, M. (Eds.), Forbidden Language: English Learners and Restrictive Language Policies. (pp. 118-138). New York: Teachers College Press.
de Jong, E.J., & Freeman, R. (2010). Bilingual approaches. Leung, C. and Creese, A. (Eds.) English as an Additional Language: Approaches to Teaching Linguistic Minority Students. (pp.108 – 122) London: SAGE.
de Jong, E.J., Harper, C.A., & Coady, M. (2013). Enhanced knowledge and skills forelementary mainstream teachers of English language learners. Theory into Practice, 52 (2), 89-97.
Dubetz, N., & de Jong, E.J. (2011). Teacher advocacy in bilingual programs. Bilingual Research Journal, 34 (3), 248-262.
Harper, C. A., & de Jong, E. J. (2009). English language teacher expertise: The elephant in the room. Language and Education, 23(2), 127-151.
Project DELTA: https://education.ufl.edu/project-delta/