Date of Graduation

Spring 5-18-2018

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

Dr. Sedique Popal

Second Advisor

Dr. Luz Garcia



The purpose of this field project, Effective Teaching Techniques and Study Strategies for English Language Learners in ESL Community College Classes, is to provide guidance to the busy instructors who work with adult ESL students, particularly in non-credit programs. This field project can also be used by instructors of credit community college ESL classes, Adult schools, or (Community Based Organizations) CBOs. The handbook is designed to be a resource on the many areas that present common challenges in the ESL classroom such as diverse needs, low literacy levels, building academic rigor and vocabulary, communicative language teaching, increasing engagement and a sense of community, and teaching strategies and habits that will promote the transfer of learning and retention of information.

The handbook for this project gives a basic overview of second language acquisition, important approaches to teaching English, information about the challenges of (Students with Limited or Interrupted Education) SLIFEs, increasing academic rigor with graphic organizers, Frayer model for vocabulary, and ways to build fluency in the areas of reading, writing, listening, and speaking. Instructors will also find templates for a needs assessment, interactive games, partner activities, teaching pragmatics, and outstanding websites. This project will alleviate many of the challenges faced by ESL instructors as they educate their diverse students and help them reach their personal goals.