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Date of Award


Culminating Project Type


Degree Name

English: Teaching English as a Second Language: M.A.




College of Liberal Arts

First Advisor

James Robinson

Second Advisor

Choonkyong Kim

Creative Commons License

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This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License.

Keywords and Subject Headings

Ethnography, Interview, ESL, TESL, Graduate Student, Program


This study was conducted to take a glimpse into the lives of graduate students in a TESOL program at a Midwestern state university. The participants (N = 10) were all graduate assistants within the program and provided valuable insights into what their classes and lives were like along with teaching in either the College ESL (Coll ESL) or the Intensive English Center (IEC). There was a mix of male (N = 4) and female (N = 6) participants who were either native speakers (N = 4) or non-native speakers (N = 6) of English. The interviews were conducted in the spring semester of 2014 with those who had been the program for at least two semesters. The objective was to gather as much data about the TESOL program as possible and to answer five main research questions which included looking at their past experience, teaching experience, positive and negative remarks, course work, and how the program is experienced as a whole. The results from the participants provide a glimpse into the life of a TESOL student.



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