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

International and Multicultural Education (IME)

First Advisor

Dr. Sedique Popal

Second Advisor

Dr. Luz Navarrette Garcia

Abstract

This project focuses on lowering language learners’ affective filter by exposing them to the English language in the outdoors through visiting national parks in the San Francisco Bay Area. The purpose of this project is to provide a supplemental handbook for English as a Second Language classes that include outdoor learning activities.

The locations selected for this project are National Park System locations in the San Francisco Bay Area; however, the lesson plans are designed to be adapted for park locations in other regions of the United States. The project concentrates on four specific National Park System locations in the San Francisco Bay Area: The John Muir National Historic Site, the Tilden Regional Park located on the Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail, the Rosie the Riveter National Historic Site and the Eugene O’Neill National Historic Site.

The handbook consists of five chapters. Chapter 1 provides for an introduction to the National Park System. Chapters 2 through 5 are structured around three groups of activities: pre-visit activities, on-location activities, and after-visit activities. The pre-visit activities include an introductory discussion, preparation activities, and specific life skills activities that aim to prepare students for the actual park visit. The introductory discussion aims to activate students’ schemata related to the park site. The on-location activities are adapted to focus on the specific National Park System location. The after-visit activities comprise of a writing activity (focus on experience), and closing activities that include class discussions and student presentations.

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