Date of Graduation

Spring 5-20-2016

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 Garcia

Abstract

Learning the language of English for any adult English as a Second Language (ESL) learner is a challenge in and of itself. This is particularly pronounced in speaking skills. On top of that, if adult ESL learners try to learn the pronunciation of certain consonant sounds in English, where the consonant does not exist in their mother language, pronunciation can be an impeding factor to the improvement of oral skills. In fact, learning how to speak a language is one aspect of learning it, but correctly pronouncing the sounds of certain consonants is an added challenge to one's learning. Specifically, if the reason behind an adult ESL learners' breakdown in communication is due to their pronunciation, they may feel less motivated to pursue learning ESL. The purpose of the Field Project is to create a one specific task, the Job Interview--incorporating speaking with a focus on pronunciation, and implement it in an intermediate level adult ESL class.

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