Date of Graduation

Spring 5-15-2016

Document Type

Project/Capstone

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

College/School

School of Education

Department/Program

Teaching English as a Second Language

First Advisor

Dr. Luz Navarrette García

Abstract

ABSTRACT This Field Project acknowledges the high prevalence of heterogeneous classes in

Taiwan’s EFL language schools and, additionally, seeks to empower EFL teachers by providing a solution for said imbalance. Because of the misinformed EFL guidelines that have influenced Taiwan’s language-in education policies, the stakeholders of Taiwan’s EFL classrooms-e.g. administrators, students, parents, etc.- have not directly addressed the complex issues that have contributed to the problematic heterogeneous classroom situation (as cited in Chen, 2013, p. 159). For this reason, my Field Project seeks to empower and educate foreign NEST teachers who are working in Taiwan so that they may contribute to a solution to the personnel and material policies that have affected the quality of education within Taiwan’s many EFL classrooms.

Through the development of my Field Project workbook “An EFL Teacher’s Workbook for Taiwan’s Heterogeneous Classrooms,” I have created a means through which foreign NEST teachers can better address their students’ needs by creating an educational framework that integrates both collaborative learning and Communicative Language Teaching. Notwithstanding, intercultural communication, assessment instruments, mixed-method approaches, and lesson plan activities are the workbook material contents that will help NEST teachers help further their course objectives while improving the overall performance of their classes.

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