Date of Graduation

Winter 12-11-2020

Document Access

Project/Capstone - Global access

Degree Name

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


School of Education


International and Multicultural Education (IME)

First Advisor

Dr. Sedique Popal

Second Advisor

Dr. Luz Navarrette Garcia


Learners of the 21st-century engage and learn differently than ever before. Policymakers and teachers are now challenged to makeshift into the 21st-century education model and adapt their approaches to better prepare the students for the future work world. 21st-century ESL classrooms should reflect this learning model through a more engaging, collaborative, and student-centered approach. Collaboration and Information and Communication Technology (ICT) skills are vital in 21st-century learning. Research shows that ESL learners can benefit from collaborative activities and the use of technology improves students' language reception and production. However, due to the lack of understanding of the paradigm shift in education, lack of teacher support, and time restrictions it is challenging for teachers to adapt their teaching approach to this new model. As a result, students are not engaged in their classrooms or well prepared for their future studies.

Due to the novel coronavirus, most classrooms have shifted to online teaching. Teachers need support in how to adapt their teaching into an online platform. Through online collaboration tools, ESL teachers can promote student engagement, 21st-century skills, and second language learning. The website in this project is created to support the knowledge and understanding of the ESL teachers who want to integrate a 21st-century approach to their current teaching practices. The website will be useful for ESL teachers to find resources on online collaboration and adapt their online teaching and/or improve their current one. A 21st-century framework; Design Thinking is also introduced with tools to help ESL teachers when promoting a meaningful collaborative learning model.