Date of Graduation
Project/Capstone - Global access
Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
School of Education
Teaching English as a Second Language
Dr. Sedique Popal
Dr. Luz Navarrette García
Adult immigrants face many challenges before they can successfully function in a new country. Beyond learning the new language, adjusting to a different and confusing culture can be difficult and discouraging, often eroding the immigrant’s confidence. These interrelated problems are recognized by the English as a second language (ESL) community, and modern approaches to ESL teaching integrate popular culture and the use of authentic language. It also recognizes that an alert and eager mind is important to learning, so the emphasis is put on developing student interest and confidence by making the class relevant, contemporary, and fun. To accomplish these goals, I developed an eight-lesson ESL teaching handbook which is designed to teach adult immigrants American English. At its core is the use of short video clips from The Ellen DeGeneres Show and other sources. By being fun and engaging, the lessons lower affective barriers while introducing authentic American language and culture. The first lesson introduces Ellen DeGeneres and her show, which is followed by a four-lesson unit on Thanksgiving and a three-lesson on the Pride celebration. Each lesson uses an engaging 3-5 minutes video clip. A few simple exercises and some discussion precede viewing to focus student thought and develop interest. A short vocabulary of words on interesting and culturally relevant subjects is introduced. Discussion exercises listening and speaking skills. The video is then played several times with increasing demands on learning, and always with discussion. Subjects are chosen on aspects of American culture, which promotes engaged and lively discussion. Speaking and reading exercises follow, making use of repetition and more conscious-level thinking to reinforce learning.
Kluaythong, Nuchinun, "Helping New Immigrants Adapt to American Culture: Enhancing Students’ Language and Cultural Competence through the Use of the Ellen DeGeneres Show" (2020). Master's Projects and Capstones. 1118.