2022 Student Research Conference:
35th Annual Student Research Conference

How Cultural Diversity Affects Pedagogy in ESOL Education

Abigail Bidwell
Dr. Heidi Cook, Faculty Mentor

There are about 5 million, and rising, English language learners across public schools in the United States.  That's about 10.2 percent of the student population.  Pedagogical approaches to teaching English as a second or other language (TESOL) have evolved through intense research to meet the needs of this growing population.  Scholars have concluded that Task-Based Language Teaching is the most effective approach for language learning, even though it has faced some backlash due to cultural insensitivity.  For this project, I used interviews with ESL teachers to research if it was effective for teachers to deviate away from Task-Based Language Teaching when working with culturally diverse groups of students in a large school district in the suburbs of Kansas City.  My hypothesis argues that English Language Development teachers are still effective when deviating away from Task-Based Language Teaching because of cultural and linguistic differences of the student population. 

Keywords: Teaching English as a Second or Other Language, English Language Learners, Cultural Diversity, Task-Based Language Teaching, Teaching Approaches

Topic(s):Interdisciplinary Studies Capstone

Presentation Type: Oral Presentation

Session: 102-4
Location: SUB GEO A
Time: 9:15

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