Date of Graduation

Spring 5-15-2020

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 García

Abstract

ABSTRACT

Many immigrants come to the United States of America seeking to live, study, and work in this country. With an influx of immigrants, there is a need for educational opportunities tailored to meet their needs and demands with the ultimate aim of helping them integrate into society. One of the major demands is for English as a Second Language (ESL) classes, which are useful in equipping immigrants with not only the English language skills, but also in equipping and preparing the students for success in the workplace and with communication skills for navigating life in the United States. The educational sector in this country has experienced a dynamic shift with the entry of internet and technology in the classroom. This has created diversity, versatility, and innovation in the educational sector. There is an abundance of educational resources and materials available for the ESL learners and instructors, who can effectively incorporate the use of technology and technological gadgets in a way that supports the learning and development of skills among ESL learners.

The aim of the project is to increase the incorporation and utilization of communication and technological tools in the provision of education in ESL classrooms, with the aim of increasing the motivation and autonomy of the ESL students over their learning by incorporating networking sites in study materials. The use of computer mediated communication (CMC) is useful in designing the project by allowing the use of a computer mediated communication process to facilitate communication and learning in the ESL classroom. This is expected to improve student participation in the learning process, provide them with unique and real-life learning opportunities which will be useful in improving their skills and learning. The project is designed to potentially enable the students to achieve better outcomes in the ESL classroom.

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