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

Teaching English as a Second Language

First Advisor

Dr. Luz Navarrette García

Second Advisor

Dr. Sedique Popal

Abstract

English learning has become the most significant objective throughout the world for learners of English as a second language (ESL) and foreign language (EFL). Unfortunately, most learners do not have a chance to learn the language in English-speaking countries. In most ESL and EFL classrooms, teachers have solely adapted their teaching method through textbooks even though there are numerous teaching techniques to support learners’ language process. Considering the fact that we live in an age of constant change of technology in which students’ attention spans have been shortened, students might lack engagement and motivation in learning English through solely textbook-adapted teaching methods. In addition, students not only lack the development of all language skills, but also will not have a chance to build cultural competence through textbooks. Therefore, teachers should adapt their teaching method to the new technological resources in their classroom such as television. The inclusion of television in the classroom presents the opportunity of learning the language and culture in an engaging and motivating way where students' affective filter is lowered.

This project explores a way to present a handbook in which ESL and EFL teachers can integrate sitcoms into their classroom to create an engaging and motivating atmosphere. This handbook consists of a collection of sample activities that is based on a single episode of a television sitcom, Friends. A variety of activities in an integrated format will help learners to boost their confidence in developing their language skills and gaining cultural competence. The project is aimed to help the students to be able to learn English in a way that reduces the burden of studying and level of anxiety as well as providing them with the opportunity of learning the culture.

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