Date of Graduation

Spring 5-18-2018

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

Teaching English as a Second Language

First Advisor

Dr. Sedique Popal

Second Advisor

Dr. Yi Guan

Abstract

There are many factors for students’ poor command of English among international students in the native language institutions. One of the factors is the students’ negative attitude and low motivation in English learning. Another aspect to lower students’ English learning motivation is the inappropriate use of the learning materials. Moreover, learners still lack a chance to immerse in the real language environment and the authentic cultural background to improve their comprehensively intercultural and communicative competence. For the sake that the second language instruction provided in regular schools is limited in time, many students even do not have enough time to learn and interact in the language. In addition, the students still learn English with the outdated teaching and learning strategies so that they are very afraid of opening their mouths and hearts to communicate with their peers and ask for help from the tutors. This field project took advantage of the sources and theories from the study and practical applications of the intensive ESL camp programs to build a set of curricula and excursion activities which include the cultural assets of learners on a daily basis in the authentic and intercultural environments. International students have the demand for immersive and short-term language programs and this field project contributes to be compatible with their needs. Intercultural communicative competence is an important facilitating factor in the acquisition of second language. The materials, curriculum, exercises and excursion activities in the project can help international ESL students develop their English proficiency and intercultural communicative abilities. This project can also fill the scarce knowledge currently on the topic of ESL extensive classroom and activities. The teachers and curriculum developers can utilize this project as a kind of reference to organize their language teaching in ESL camp and guide their camp activities’ design and curriculum development.

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