Date of Graduation

Spring 5-22-2021

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

Luz Navarrette García


Countless online ESL programs targeting adult learners have emerged during the COVID-19 pandemic, especially since the unemployment crisis made people start thinking about self-improvement. This emergence of online education is a life-changing chance not only for the ESL education industry and teachers, but also for countless learners. This field project includes appropriate background, a review of relevant literature, and ultimately presents a free, online self-training session for novice online ESL teachers who teach adults.

Research that informed the creation of this project indicated that online second language education programs that use technological tools can lead to positive learning outcomes. Adult education studies further indicate that teachers who are well-aware of adult learners’ unique learning motivations, needs, and learning habits can create positive class environments that can boost learners’ confidence and learning results. Therefore, teachers who want to become online adult ESL teachers need to be trained to have second language teaching knowledge, adult education skills, and technical abilities. However, there are few accessible and economical training resources available.

This field project creates a two-hour, free online self-training session to equip novice online ESL teachers with academic knowledge of the affective filter theory, multimedia learning, and andragogy. It also provides participants with strategies and approaches to host an engaging online ESL class. Furthermore, the self-training session introduces technical resources to participants. This online self-training session is expected to be a good model of online teaching for novice online ESL teachers who teach adults.