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Degree Name

Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)

First Advisor

Bonnie Mennell


This paper details the process and results of an experimental project-based curriculum for a college preparatory ESL course and its effects on student motivation. The course, designed to appeal to students’ desire for variety, community and self-expression, was divided into three modules, each with a different focus. Participants were international adults studying English at a private school in Austin, Texas. Results indicated that the course structure and content can play a large role in students’ motivation levels. Course documents are appended.


Curriculum and Instruction | First and Second Language Acquisition