Betsy Parrish, professor at Hamline University, has worked as an ESL/EFL teacher, teacher educator, writer and consultant for over 30 years. She has worked with learners and language teachers in the United States, Bangladesh, France, India, Russia and Vietnam. Betsy authored Teaching Adult ESL (McGraw Hill 2004), Four Point: Advanced Listening and Speaking (University of Michigan Press 2014), and Teaching Adult English Language Learners (Cambridge University Press 2019).
She was on the development team of a 12-part video series for adult ESL educators, Teaching ESL to Adults: Classroom Approaches in Action and participated in the development of the Minnesota Transitions Integration Framework (TIF), which serves to support the integration of transitions skills at all levels of instruction in adult basic education. As a subject matter expert on the OCTAE ESL Pro project, through the American Institutes for Research, Betsy developed the online professional development module and issue brief on Meeting the Language Needs of Today’s Adult English Language Learner. Betsy was also a reviewer in the development of the MA English Language Proficiency Standards for Adult Education (2019).