Publication Date

Spring 5-1-2024

Degree Name

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

First Advisor

Leslie Turpin

Second Advisor

Marti Anderson

Third Advisor

Radmilla Popovich


In this thesis paper, I focus on developing a comprehensive "toolbox" of language teaching techniques and instructional strategies by integrating experiential learning principles, specifically the Experiential Learning Cycle by David Kolb. The primary objectives of my project are to enhance my language teaching practice, foster effective and positive learning experiences for my students, and stimulate discussions regarding the intentional and meaningful application of experiential learning in language teacher training.

Throughout the research process, I gained valuable insights into the practical implementation of experiential learning to enrich my teaching practice and cater to the diverse needs of my students. The findings of this study indicate that experiential learning is a highly effective approach for enhancing language learning and teaching, with experience serving as the foundation for all learning endeavors.

The outcomes of this research contribute to the broader field of language teaching by providing a framework for professional development rooted in experiential learning principles. By incorporating these strategies into language teacher training programs, educators can create dynamic and engaging learning environments that promote active participation, critical thinking, and meaningful language acquisition.


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