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

Mohammad Popal

Second Advisor

Luz Navarrette Garcia

Abstract

There is a constantly growing number of people around the world who are learning English as an additional language. A lot of innovation has been focused on classroom teaching techniques, but homework pedagogies are vastly underrepresented. In contrast to interesting and interactive classroom activities, homework assignments are often uninspiring, focusing on worksheet completion and memorization. This project is a workshop presentation to be given at ESL focused conferences such as the TESOL conference. The presentation will provide discussion and hands-on training to teachers to learn how to create effective homework assignments in which students will create and narrate short videos allowing them to practice English speaking skills in real-life contexts. The underlying theoretical framework for these homework assignments is the Experiential Learning Theory (Kolb, 1984). Students will experience a language event when creating the video, then review the videos in class, discuss and learn from them, and then formulate a plan for the next assignment. If these assignments are given consistently, the teacher will have an archive of videos to assess successes, progress, and difficulties for each student and the class as a whole. Although this project can be used in many types of ESL classes, it will be most effective in classes with students who seek to develop communicative competence, and classes that focus on speaking.

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