Date of Graduation

Winter 12-15-2017

Document Type

Project/Capstone

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

College/School

School of Education

Department/Program

International and Multicultural Education (IME)

First Advisor

Luz Navarrette Garcia

Second Advisor

Sedique Popal

Abstract

The importance of educating effective English users competent in communicating and interacting in a variety of social settings is highlighted in today’s highly globalized world. Being able to understand and discuss complex global topics related to current cultural, social, and business issues and events has become an integral skill of English learners to achieve greater international connectivity. Unfortunately, many EFL/ESL college-level students, specifically Korean EFL students, do not seem to have sufficient preparation to build English communicative competence and cultural awareness necessary to cope with various situations in which they need to communicate meaningfully and purposefully as effective English users.

The purpose of this project, which is grounded in theoretical frameworks of Communicative Language Teaching (CLT) and the Participatory Approach, is to address that there is a need to bring inspiring and meaningful real-world topics into English language teaching to enhance students’ communication skills. This field project is in the form of a handbook which consists of the three sample units of curriculum. Each unit offers teachers a detailed example of how to teach the current global topics to students through the integrated lessons of listening, reading, speaking, and writing, allowing teachers to explore teaching ideas, resources, and activities around the global topics.

All in all, this project provides teachers with a wealth of content and themes which will spark students’ interests and engagement by incorporating a variety of meaningful global topics related to current cultural, social, business, and world issues and events around the globe. Incorporating current global topics in English language teaching (ELT) is an important facilitating factor in the acquisition of English as a means of global communication necessary to thrive in this rapidly globalized and highly interconnected world.