Date of Graduation

Spring 5-18-2017

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

Luz Navarrette García


This project provides a writing guidebook for first-year university level English as a Second Language (ESL) students and teachers. Most ESL students have difficulties in academic English writing, especially first-year university ESL students. Due to the differences in linguistic and education backgrounds, first-year university level ESL students desire a writing guidebook that is appropriate for them; ESL teachers should be provided with professional teaching methods and materials in delivering lectures too. By applying Schema Theory and Stephen D. Krashen’s Monitor Model, strategies for students and teachers are professionally designed in this guidebook.

In order to help ESL students better their command of basic writing skills, systematic writing topics are applied within the book. Writing exercises, a self-checklist, and a self-reflection form are the supplemental materials that can be useful in improving students’ writing skills. ESL teachers can benefit from this book by learning various teaching strategies. This guidebook should be used in an ESL university ESL classroom to enhance student academic writing performance.