Date of Graduation

Spring 5-19-2022

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. Luz Navarette Garcia


If multilingual families feel that they are not able to communicate with school staff, then these families may not become involved in their child’s school, and the child’s learning could be negatively impacted. The purpose of this project is to create a roadmap and lessons for English as a Second Language (ESL) instructors to implement in their classes with multilingual caregivers. This curriculum will address the lack of understanding that ESL teachers have in regard to the needs of multilingual caregivers to communicate with their child’s school staff and understand the school system in the United States. Given the content of this project, it has the potential to provide a resource that supports parents, youth, school staff, other researchers in the field as well as ESL teachers. In this field project, educators are provided with ten lessons to be implemented at specific times of the year with the caregivers of school-aged children. These lessons cover authentic school-related topics of interest to caregivers, such as parent-teacher/student-led conferences and reading progress reports. If more schools could educate and provide resources for adults alongside the children in their lives, this could have a positive impact on language acquisition and school navigation for parents, as well as an increase in multilingual parent involvement in school. Schools are in a unique position to reach an incredible amount of ESL adults and positively impact their lives, which therefore positively impacts the youth schools serve.