Publication Date


Degree Name

Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)

First Advisor

Alex Silverman


This paper draws from my experiences teaching an intensive, multi-level, English as a Second Language class which students attended on an irregular basis. The first section considers the sociological factors which created this kind of learning situation. The second states my basic assumptions about teaching in an environment lacking both homogeneity and consistency. The third section relates strategies I developed to meet the unique demands of this circumstance.

Although this paper was a requirement for my Master of Arts in Teaching degree, I have written it to be of value to volunteers or other individuals having little formal training in language instruction who choose to work in ESL programs for adults stressing survival skills.


Bilingual, Multilingual, and Multicultural Education | Curriculum and Instruction | Education | Teacher Education and Professional Development