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

Luz​ ​Navarrette​ ​García,​ ​MA,​ ​MS,​ ​EdD

Abstract

English learners have a significant gap in their English language learning in that they have difficulty writing paragraphs. This difficulty appears to be the result of a combination of factors: foreign English language teachers’ lack of training and support to teach writing, the manner in which English is taught abroad, and students not learning or understanding the logical flow of a paragraph in English academic writing. This project aims to reduce the gap in students’ inability to write effective body paragraphs and foreign English language teachers’ knowledge of paragraph writing. The handbook created in this field project provides supplementary materials that present the body paragraph in an understandable and practical manner. This project is designed for English language students studying English outside of the United States who intend to go to a university there and then work for a multinational company. In addition, this handbook provides foreign English teachers with materials to help them better understand paragraph writing and thus teach their students how to organize and write body paragraphs in the English style. The handbook includes a variety of explanatory and practice materials to facilitate teaching the body paragraph structure piece by piece. My hope is that with this handbook, both foreign EFL students and teachers will be more comfortable and competent in their understanding of body paragraphs and writing in English.

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