“Peace is not unity in similarity but unity in diversity, in the comparison and conciliation of differences.”
 Mikhail Gorbachev
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English Language Development Services was founded under the guiding principles of integrity, trust, and respect.

 

Our guiding principles are represented in our logo by the abstract humanoid. Each dot represents the head of a different culture, with their interlinking bodies forming a matrix of connection.

The humanoids are sharing their colors to represent unity within a blended cultural community, as nurturing hands offer them an apple representing knowledge.

Our mission is to bridge the gap of communication between linguistically and culturally diverse communities by changing perceptions of language variety globally and challenging structures that reproduce inequity within diverse communities.

 

We aim to do this by:

  • Combating linguistic discrimination and bias, by providing top-notch culturally responsive training to ESL teachers through our TEFL certification program, American English TEFL

  • Supporting and developing our culturally-responsive ESL teachers beyond TEFL certification to further their advocacy in the field

  • Facilitating relationships between linguistically and culturally diverse communities through community speaking engagements and conferences

 

Through our work and guiding principles, we aim to help create bonds of integrity, trust, and respect between linguistically and culturally diverse communities.

Check out the cool things we've been doing

Community Work

Speaking Engagements

Literacy and Language in Action (2019)

MABE Conference, Presenter

GRPS Literacy Summit (2021)

GRPS Conference, Presenter

Prioritizing Equity & Recovery for All (2021)

MiTESOL Conference, Presenter

Building Community Bridges Through Language Awareness (2021)

Grand Rapids Food Co-Op, Presenter

Meet the Founder

Tea Sanders is an American, and USA teacher that has taught adult ESL and young ESL learners for 6 years. She has taught in private bilingual schools, ESL after school programs, and in American public and Charter Schools with linguistically and culturally diverse populations. She is a language and culture aficionado that has traveled to over 18 countries, lived abroad in Europe for 2 years, and has spent time learning 5 languages. She currently teaches bilingual, bi-dialectical American elementary students in Michigan, USA, and helps adult non-native/non-standard English speakers gain confidence in their speaking abilities globally.

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Where I'm From

Written by Tea Sanders

I am from, a refusal to be quiet.

I am from, a refusal to remain unseen.

I am from I am who I choose to be.

I am from, my reality is just as valid.

I’m from, my feelings matter too.

I’m from, my confidence shouldn’t offend you.

I’m from my mistakes do not define me,

From neither can you.