Xin LinFollow

Date of Graduation

Winter 12-11-2020

Document Access

Restricted Project/Capstone - USF access only

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. Yi Guan


With the increasing number of Chinese international students in U.S. colleges, colleges should focus on helping them improve their academic English proficiency. Although colleges provide ESL classes to international students, Chinese students still struggle with listening and speaking difficulties even some of them have strong great reading and writing skills. The listening and speaking problems do not entirely result from the lack of grammar and vocabulary, which roots in cultural differences and non-confidence in using a second language.

The purpose of this project is to provide teaching examples and materials for advanced English learners to feel confident and comfortable in English classrooms at the colleges. The format of the project is a handbook including two units. Each unit has four lesson plans, which only contain listening and speaking practice. And the topic of each plan is special American cultural and political phenomenon. Instructors can also add, delete, or revise parts of it, making a better version for different teaching targets.

In a word, this handbook is designed for advanced English learners with sufficient grammar knowledge and vocabularies who struggle with listening and speaking problems in the academic classrooms. With this handbook, teachers should understand that the most important point is to improve listening comprehension, speaking fluency, and English language logic instead of teaching new knowledge. For learners, they should believe that improving listening and speaking proficiency needs to practice frequently and authentic learning materials. They need to step out of the cultural and language comfort zone, which means that they need to use English as much as possible outside the English classrooms.

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