Maricel G. Santos

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Maricel G. Santos teaches TESOL courses in second language acquisition, ESL methodology, community-based ESL, curriculum development/assessment, and immigrant literacies.

In addition, Santos teaches a course on improving educational opportunities for English language learners in the Ed.D. in Educational Leadership Program. She is a research scholar supported by a Research Infrastructure in Minority Institutions (RIMI) grant from the National Center for Minority Health and Health Disparities, to SF State.

Maricel has taught EFL/ESL in Japan and various U.S. cities, including family literacy programs in Boston and a worker education program at Harvard University. She worked for the National Center for the Study of Adult Learning and Literacy (NCSALL) where she co-authored a series of health literacy professional development guides.

Her RIMI research explores adult ESL participation as a health-protective factor in transnational immigrant communities, as well as ways that adult ESL learners can serve as agents of change in health care. She is also interested in L2 vocabulary acquisition, adult ESL learners in transitional programs, and L2 reading engagement.

Dr. Santos has articles in Global Health Promotion, Harvard Education Letter, Focus on Basics, The English Teaching Forum, and a co-edited volume with Kathleen M. Bailey entitled Research on ESL in U.S. Community Colleges: People, Programs, and Potential (University of Michigan Press). She is a former editor for the Harvard Educational Review and a current board member with the Modern Language Journal.


  • Ed.D. Human Development and Psychology, focus on Language and Literacy Harvard Graduate School of Education

  • M.A. TESOL Monterey Institute of International Studies

  • B.A. English Literature Swarthmore College