Publication Date


Degree Name

Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)

First Advisor

Diane Larsen-Freeman

Second Advisor

Patrick Moran


This handbook is intended for use by untrained teachers or tutors in teaching beginning and intermediate English as a Second Language to adult refugees. Although most portions of this book are applicable to the teaching of refugees in general, this work is meant to address specifically the needs of those engaged in teaching members of the Lao ethnic group of Laos. The opening chapter provides information on the background of the Lao refugees. The novice teacher is then guided step by step through the process of designing a course syllabus, setting short-term objectives, and planning and executing individual classes. Other sections deal briefly with teaching pronunciation, teaching reading and writing, measuring students' progress, and evaluating one's own professional growth as a teacher. Several appendices, including a compendium of over thirty classroom techniques and annotated bibliography of teacher resource books and student textbooks, complete the work.


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