Publication Date


Degree Name

Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)

First Advisor

Alex Silverman


This paper is an analysis of the Counseling-Learning/Community Language Learning Approach’s adaptability in a conventional textbook setting. My second internship experience which takes place in a college summer ESL program is the testing ground for my development as a novice C-L/CLL teacher. Questions, doubts, and concerns about the value of a new and an old teaching method are discussed. The importance of distinguishing between approach, method, and technique is advocated. Utilizing the classic cycle of activities is necessary to a novice teacher’s internalization of the C-L philosophy. However, the conventional teaching method, the textbook, is familiar and valued by students and academic institutions. The challenges of a novice C-L/CLL teacher are defined. The culmination of the analysis explores the need for an integration of traditional and non-traditional methods, as well as an appreciation of a teacher’s identity and integrity.


Curriculum and Instruction | First and Second Language Acquisition | Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education