Publication Date

Spring 5-23-2002

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (Master of Arts in TESOL)

First Advisor

Dr. Leslie Turpin


Photographs are an important visual aid to share our stories and expressions of culture. The need is great for the voices and stories of immigrant and refugee-background students to be heard, if they choose to share their stories. As English teachers, we can invite our students to participate in the contribution of an asset-based discourse rather than a deficit one regarding immigrants and refugee-background people in the US. How can we do this through ethnographic inquiry using photographs and storytelling? This paper includes a literature review to explore how photography and storytelling have been used to facilitate inter-cultural awareness and understanding with immigrants and refugee-background people. Then, using a cultural framework, the author combines photography and storytelling to create materials and curriculum and guide her students on an ethnographic inquiry into culture.


Adult and Continuing Education | Bilingual, Multilingual, and Multicultural Education | Education