Date of Graduation

Spring 5-19-2016

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


This project explores ways to create a curriculum in which multimedia and technology such as podcasts, streaming video, and online articles are utilized effectively in order to develop academic skills for adult international students, specifically those with the goal of attending an American university. Through this integrated approach that combines all of the essential language skills (listening, reading, speaking, and writing), students will build confidence and thus become empowered and individualized learners. They will be able to attain mastery of an essential academic skill set that will assist them in attaining their goals in many different realms.

This project engages various learning types and activate students’ interest by creating a flexible and individualized curriculum in which students can draw upon their own interests in order to solidify not only academic writing and reading skills similar to those used in a university but also argumentative abilities, critical thinking skills, and content-based knowledge. Moreover, students will be deeply engaged because the content is modern and relevant and the approach is dynamic.


This project was created in Tokyo, Japan and San Francisco, California, United States.