Publication Date


Degree Name

Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)

First Advisor

Lise Sparrow


Field trips into the surrounding community can be valuable learning tools for ESL students living in the target country. These trips expose students to different facets of American culture and give them the opportunity to communicate with native speakers. Preliminary activities, tasks to be done during the trips, and follow-up activities all help students get the most out of these excursions. Beginners in particular need these activities to orient them to what they are going to see, to focus their attention, and allow them to process their feelings about the experiences. This paper addresses the many factors that must be taken into consideration when planning a field trip for beginning ESL students.


Bilingual, Multilingual, and Multicultural Education | Curriculum and Social Inquiry | Education | Educational Methods