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Strengthen your expertise through an applied linguistics capstone and a practicum, which provide a balance of the multiple focus areas of our language teaching programs.

Applied Linguistics Capstone

Helps students refine their skills as applied linguistics professionals. Students will develop a curriculum project, an empirical research report, or an assessment tool using original data that they have collected and analyzed. This capstone also aims to encourage the students’ reflection on their previous course work as well as exploration and clarification of their future plans for careers as language teaching professionals.

Recent Capstone Projects

Name Program Capstone Project Title

Alexander, Bridget

TESOL

How Learning an Additional Language Influences L1 Use and Personal Identity in and out of the Classroom

Banks, Isha

TESOL

The Million Dollar Question: Incorporating a Content-Based Unit Plan into Monterey Adult School Courses

Cenzatti, Francesca

TFL (Chinese)

Family and the Different Ways We Express Love: A Unit Plan for a Chinese Course in an Elementary School

Cheon, Kukjin

TFL (Korean)

Teaching Korean Language, Culture, and Social Issues through K-Pop

Cho, EunHye

TFL (Korean)

Using Students’ L1 in L2 Grammar Teaching: A Unit Plan for a Korean Course for Children at the Monterey Korean School

Emory, Lydia

TFL (Spanish)

Spanish for the Global Citizen: A Social Justice Approach to Designing a Course Syllabus

Huang, Justin

TESOL

Using Theater to Promote Collaboration and Creativity in an After-School English Program

Kwasnik, Maggie

TFL (French)

Engagement First: Content-Based Instruction in the US High School French Language Classroom

Lam, Kei

TESOL

Multimodal Literacy: Integrating Tech into a Continuing Education ESL Classroom

Mohamednor, Heba

TESOL

Decentering the White Gaze: Discourse Analysis on Diversity in Popular Literature

Turell, Soleil

TESOL

Integrating Vision-Forming and Intercultural Curricula to Increase Student English Development

Walsh, Holly

TESOL

Understanding US: Guide to US Dialects

Practicum Capstone

Combines reflective practice and professional development in preparing students for a career in language education. Students integrate theory, research, and pedagogy into a coherent and well-informed approach to planning and executing lessons. They also incorporate these three components when developing and using instructional materials and assessment instruments. Activities and products prepare students for successful entry into the language teaching profession.

Recent Practicum Projects

Name Program Practicum Site

Alexander, Bridget

TESOL

Nora Elementary School (Indianapolis, IN): kindergarten learners, ages 5–6

Cenzatti, Francesca

TFL (Chinese)

Middlebury Institute Chinese Studies (Monterey, CA): graduate students at novice-high to intermediate-low learning levels

Cheon, Kukjin

TFL (Korean)

Korean First School of Monterey (Monterey, CA): novice-level adult students

Cho, EunHye

TFL (Korean)

Monterey Korean School (Monterey, CA): heritage background, novice level, young learners, ages 6-9

Emory, Lydia

TFL (Spanish)

Pacific Grove High School (Pacific Grove, CA): high school Spanish II (beginner to intermediate) and Spanish III (intermediate-high)

Huang, Justin

TESOL

CSUMB and Monterey Peninsula College (Monterey, CA): adult and college level ESL learners

Kwasnik, Maggie

TFL (French)

Winooski High School/Middle School (Winooski, VT): two middle school classes (both beginner), three high school classes (one intermediate/advanced and two beginner)

Lam, Kei

TESOL

Rio Hondo College (Whittier, CA): adult ESL learners

Mohamednor, Heba

TESOL

Middlebury Institute English for Academic and Professional Purposes (Monterey, CA): writing course for graduate students at an advanced level

Turell, Soleil

TESOL

Monterey Peninsula College (Monterey, CA): adult ESL learners