Courney Francis profile picture
Instructor, Undergraduate Clinical Advisor
Social Work
Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
College of Arts and Sciences
(773) 442-5872
Mentorship of College Students in TESL Clinical Experience; Social Work Research and Evaluation
Courses Taught
AFAM 200 - Introduction to African & African-American Studies
ELP 096 - Developmental Writing Workshop II
ELP 099 - Developmental Writing
SWK 207 - Social Welfare Policy I
SWK 304 - Social Work Practice I
SWK 309 - Research and Quantitative Applications in Social Work
SWK 310 - Research Practicum I
SWK 311 - Research Practicum II
SWK 407 - Social Work Research
SWK 431 - Social Work Practice with Families
TESL 109A - First-Year Experience: Chicago Speaks - Helping Immigrants Communicate
TESL 330 - Language, Society and Education
TESL 331 - Investigating African-American English
TESL 340 - Practices and Procedures
TESL 341 - Principles of Language Teaching
TESL 343 - Introduction to Language Assessment
TESL 399 - Clinical Experience in Teaching English as a Second Language
TESL 410 - Techniques of Teaching English as a Second Language
TESL 414 - Theories of Teaching English as a Second Language
Research Interests
Social Work Systems, Social Work Program Evaluation, Programmatic Impact of Family Social Work Programs on Vulnerable Communities, Impact of Dialect on Academic Writing, History of and Societal Interface with African American Vernacular English, Language Contact, ESL policy in American Schools, Effective Methods of Teaching Writing in Inner City Schools.

Bachelor’s Degree: Brown University, Major: Economics, Minor: Urban Studies.

Master’s Degree: University of Chicago, Social Service Administration and Policy.

Master’s Degree: Northeastern Illinois University, Teaching English as a Second Language.  


Former elementary school principal on Chicago’s West Side; former program manager at Healthy Families Illinois Program; former Instructor at Robert Morris University; former program director at Drug Free Schools and taught  ESL at the Northeastern El Centro campus in the Community Program for four semesters.

Additional Information

Courtney Francis is a native of New York City and a graduate of Brown University (Providence, RI), who came to Chicago for graduate school. Her B.A. is in Economics with a minor in Urban Studies. Courtney holds a master's degree from University of Chicago in Social Service Administration and Policy, with a focus in Program Management and Administration. She is one class away from an M.A. in TESL/Applied Linguistics here at NEIU. Her academic interests include language contact, American English dialect, research in Innovative ESL teaching methods, and English language learner interface with native English speakers in urban settings. Outside interests include swimming, art appreciation, researching her family history and spending time with her husband and her four children.

In TESL, Francis teaches TESL 399 (TESL Clinical Experience) and TESL 340 (Practices and Procedures). She also teaches Developmental Writing and select courses in the Social Work Department and taught four semesters of ESL at Northeastern El Centro.

Room LWH 3067
Northeastern Illinois University
5500 North St. Louis Avenue
Chicago, IL 60625
United States

(773) 442-5872
Office Hours
Tuesday and Thursday: 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Wednesday: 2-3 p.m.
and by appointment.
Main Campus