Date of Graduation

Winter 12-14-2018

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

Luz Navarrette García


Today, the back of house staff in culinary kitchens is comprised largely by migrant workers whose native language is something other than English. At times this can create issues among workers due to communication errors or complete lack of communication all together, posing issues for not only cooking, but it can also be a threat to kitchen safety as well. Additionally, due to native speaker stigma surrounding non-native speakers of English, many workers are often denied the chance at a higher position in the workplace simply because of their low communicative competence, despite their actual talents and skills in the workplace. The purpose of this project is to use on-site language instruction to teach students useful skills and techniques related to their jobs as bakers or decorators. Being on-site also helps the students connect what they are learning to their own jobs and experiences, thus creating a more meaningful learning experience. The proposed lessons use ideas from situated learning, cooperative learning, and experiential learning in order to teach students techniques such as participation, reflection, groupwork, and inductive and self-directed learning—all of which require students to use higher level thinking skills which in turn promotes more thorough, longterm language learning.