Date of Graduation

Spring 5-18-2018

Document Type


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 Navarrette Garcia


As an English Language Development (ELD) teacher, I noticed the junior newcomer students at my high school in the Bay Area of California were not being prepared for jobs or careers after their graduation. As newcomers, they are working through trauma, reuniting with their families, learning a new language and adapting to a new culture. Though many arrived with high expectations for school, students stopped connecting graduating high school with having access to higher education, which meant more job training and better employment opportunities. A lack of motivation and unskilled teachers contributed to students struggling in school and leading to many dropping out. Therefore, the purpose of this project was to create an ELD unit that would inform and prepare these students for their futures after high school. The design of the lessons is meant to inform students of their requirements for high school graduation, to allow them to research about the careers they are interested in pursuing, and to help them understand their college options, the requirements, and how to pay for it. Although most of the work will be completed online, at the end of the unit the teacher will print the necessary documents and students will compile everything together in a personal portfolio with a table of contents. They will also briefly present their careers and what education is required to achieve those by using Google Slides. It is recommended that students and the teacher have access to computers to be able to implement this unit.