Date of Graduation

Spring 5-21-2021

Document Access

Project/Capstone - Global access

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)


School of Education



First Advisor

Dr. Sedique Popal

Second Advisor

Dr. Luz Navarrette Garcia



In many English as a second language programs, the lack of meaningful real-life visual aids is very common, especially in commercialized ESL textbooks. Real-life visuals are very important for students to build their literacy skills and confidence. The Affective Filter theory was used as a theoretical framework for this field project. The Affective Field claims that affective variables such as anxiety, motivation, and self-confidence can prevent English learners from acquiring a second language. Real-life visual aids can lower anxiety and build confidence in students while acquiring a second language. Visual aids can explain concepts that teachers and textbooks cannot explain during class. The purpose of this project is to equip educators with resources and guidance that will enhance their teaching practices and students’ learning by motivating students and increasing comprehension and vocabulary retention with real-life visual aids. This project is a guidebook for students in beginner and intermediate levels and attending schools in non-profit organizations or non-credit classes. Moreover, the guidebook includes lesson plans with real-life visuals that other books currently on the market do not provide. The lesson plans are organized in one unit, with five lesson plans, that are thematically written around the topic of baking and following a recipe. The project accomplishes the purpose of filling in the gap that prescribed textbooks lack, such as real-life visual aids. In addition, the project serves as a guide for language teachers when resources are limited or a program has an unclear articulated curriculum lacking purpose or methods.