Date Approved


Degree Type

Open Access Senior Honors Thesis

Department or School

World Languages

First Advisor

Dr. Cynthia Macknish


This project examines how a service-learning project helped future English language (EL) teachers grow. TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) students planned and implemented an afterschool program to support young English learners at Estabrook Elementary. Using Piaget's theory of constructivism, this hands-on, real-world learning opportunity allowed EMU students to construct their own understanding and reflect on the experience. TESOL students first developed an after school EL program and put into practice their own lessons. Then, through reflection journals and critical discussions, students used metacognitive strategies to strengthen their expertise. As the ‘students turned teachers’ reflected on their learning, they grew as EL teachers in ways they would not have without this program.