Publication Date


Degree Name

Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)

First Advisor

Leslie Turpin


This paper introduces the ways in which the challenges of open enrollment ESL programs affect both students and teachers and the importance of group cohesion in adult learning. The effects caused by open enrollment can be abated by building a strong community of learners through involving new students to build a sense of belonging to the class, meeting the needs of individuals within the group, having a supportive learning environment, and using selected best teaching practices to build community. With the solutions proposed in this paper, teachers can meet student needs and the negative effects of open enrollment will be minimized.


Bilingual, Multilingual, and Multicultural Education | Community-Based Learning | Education | Educational Assessment, Evaluation, and Research | Other Education | Teacher Education and Professional Development