Date of Graduation

Fall 12-15-2022

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

Jessie Blundell

Second Advisor

Luz Navarrette Garcia


Acculturation has been widely studied as a post-migration phenomenon that individuals face when coming in contact with their new recipient culture and environment. The different experiences, tasks, and requirements that newcomers must endure upon arrival may lead to their suffering prolonged periods of discomfort. This moderate, intermediate, or acute feeling of uneasiness is defined as acculturative stress. In it, the continued exposure to stressors such as adjusting to a new culture, rules, behavioral patterns, a second language, finding housing, and obtaining an education and employment can lead to trauma. This field project has been designed to provide educators and allies in direct contact with newcomers, especially in English as a Second Language classrooms, with a professional development guide that will help them more easily recognize the reality of acculturative stress and its impact on ESL students. Through open-ended questions and reflective exercises, participants will recall their experiences with acculturative stress and expand their knowledge of its causes and physical, socio-emotional, and academic manifestations. Finally, they will be called into action to support their newcomer students in coping with their acculturative stress by using a Trauma-Informed Care lens and applying the interventions and strategies from the “Supporting Newcomer Students in California ESL Classrooms” guide.