Date of Graduation

Fall 12-10-2020

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. Yi Guan


Grammar learning is the foundation of language learning. Despite its importance, many ESL adult learners consider grammar learning a challenging part, and the effectiveness of grammar instruction has been evaluated low. This is because of inappropriate teaching approaches and the lack of contextualized learning materials. Inappropriate teaching approaches include traditional PPP (Presentation, Practice, Production), which hinder the effectiveness of research-based teaching approaches. Decontextualized and meaningless grammar forms are another underlying challenges of grammar learning. This field project uses task-based language teaching (TBLT) as a theoretical framework. The three literature review themes are the importance and challenges of grammar, grammar instruction techniques, and creating contextualized and authentic learning materials.

The purpose of this field project is to create a handbook for grammar learning. This field project is made up of students' book and teacher's book. The two sample units provide ESL teachers with lessons and exercises in emphasizing grammar and subsidiary academic vocabulary, writing, speaking, and reading. Each unit offers students authentic reading material, and the reading material provides a specific situation to use the target grammar structure. Therefore, students learn the target grammar contextualized. It will help enhance the memory of target grammar and utilize the syntax structures more productively.