Yvonne Pratt-Johnson

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Professor of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

Department of Human Services and Counseling
The School of Education

St. John's University

Yvonne Pratt-Johnson is a Professor in the School of Education and has just attained the rank of Senior Vincentian Research Fellow. She has taught English as a Second Language for over 30 years and has been the recipient of several research grants. Through her research, presentations, and publications, she has raised awareness of the special needs of second language learners, especially the English/Creole-speaking population in U.S. Schools. Dr. Pratt-Johnson serves as a consultant for the NYC Board of Education and holds a Ed.D from Teachers College, Columbia University.

Academic Background

  • Ed.D., TESOL/Spanish, Columbia University Teachers College

Research Interests

  • First and second language acquisition
  • Standard English as a second dialect

Affiliation with the Center

Senior Vincentian Research Fellow,
Class of 2008

"Becoming a part of the Vincentian Fellow's Program will enable me to further focus attention and expand the scope of what has been a lifelong personal mission: to be an ear for the unheard and a voice for the voiceless members of our diverse community."

Food for Thought

A Catholic university is called to become an evermore effective instrument of cultural progress for individuals as well as for society. Included among its research activities, therefore, will be a study of serious contemporary problems in areas such as the dignity of human life, the promotion of justice for all, the quality of personal and family life, the protection of nature, the search for peace and political stability, a more just sharing in the world’s resources and a new economic and political order that will better serve the human community at a national and international level.

Pope John Paul II,
Ex Corde Ecclesiae (32)