Date of Graduation

Winter 12-15-2018

Document Access

Project/Capstone - Global access

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)


School of Education


Teaching English as a Second Language

First Advisor

Luz Garcia


Educators in the 21st century are continuously discovering more engaging teaching tools to facilitate language learners. In today's increasingly developing visual world, film stands out from other traditional materials for its unique features, such as the visuality and authenticity. With appropriately designed activities, film could be a valuable resource in teaching English as a second language (TESOL) setting, and also a perfect tool for inspiring cross-cultural communication and promoting critical thinking skills.

However, research has shown that ESL teachers feel reluctant to use film as a significant component in their classrooms even though they have recognized and affirmed the benefit of film-based ESL teaching (Tuncay, 2014). The reasons for the downplay of films in ESL classrooms are mostly due to the fact that there are limited course books available, and teachers feel clueless in selecting a suitable film. Moreover, they feel it is time-consuming both to prepare a film-based lesson and to play films during teaching.

Therefore, the field project is an attempt to develop a teacher's guidebook for film-based ESL course that provides effective film-based teaching methods. The guidebook reflects upon a synthesized successfully implemented practices from the previous findings from the literature and developed upon the recommendations from effective film-based ESL teaching methodologies that are easy to be adopted, adapted, and developed.