Date of Graduation

Fall 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 Navarrete Garcia

Third Advisor

Dr. Jessie Blundell


In this world, the most obvious difference between people is the difference in appearance. In its simplest aspect, we know that everyone in this world is unique. Definitely, in the aspect of learning, the learning outcome of each student is different. Even based on the same age, same subject, same teacher, same gender, the results of learning are different. This makes it necessary to study individual differences in learning. As a second language teacher, it is necessary to study the impact of individual differences on second language acquisition.

This field project mainly discusses the effect of individual differences on second language acquisition focusing on the personality factor. The problem is most second language teachers were not trained in relevant knowledge of educational psychology before they became the certificated teacher. Second language teachers can instinctively know that every student’s learning behavior is different, but they don’t have the basic theoretical knowledge to rely on.

In this case, the purpose of this project is to provide the basic information of educational psychology to second language teachers. To be a bridge between second language teachers and educational psychology and help them to learn another interdisciplinary knowledge for becoming a better teacher.