Date of Graduation

Winter 12-15-2020

Document Access

Project/Capstone - Global access

Degree Name

Master of Arts in International and Multicultural Education (IME)


School of Education


Teaching English as a Second Language



This project is focused on using online materials to motivate beginning level adult ESL students. This project’s rationale was the great challenge that many educators faced during the COVID-19 pandemic of 2020. All courses have been moved online; both teachers and students feel anxiety about learning and staying healthy. In language study, when the language anxiety becomes higher, the study outcomes become worse. Stress impacts the learners’ affective filter, the mental block that impedes learners’ full use of comprehensible input. When the learning process gives students more anxiety, students also will feel a lack of motivation. For adult ESL learners, most of them learn the language because of extrinsic motivation. Non-intrinsic motivations make learning more challenging, frustrating, and non-pleasurable for students and teachers. Therefore, skills in motivating learners should be seen as central to teaching effectively. So, teachers must learn to teach skillfully and creatively. Many online resources could be applied in teaching and using multiple games and activities to help students feel engaged in the classroom and focus on the whole class.

My program is focused on creating online teaching materials that could motivate beginning level adult ESL, students. My project included two parts, teaching materials and the slides, which can be used to teach online directly and embedded with the links of multiple online activities. This project involves plenty of activities from different online sources like Wordwall, Kahoot, Flipgrid, etc. It is useful to help teachers and students get through the pandemic time. Also, this project could help the teachers to master more online teaching skills for future teaching work. Finally, maybe because of this whole world online teaching period, there could be more chances for teachers to use online teaching to help the students worldwide, so learning online teaching skills can be meaningful.