Date of Award

Spring 5-17-2019

Document Type

Project (696 or 796 registration)

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Teaching English as a Second Language

Department

Graduate Studies

Committee Chair

Linda Houts-Smith

Keywords

Comstock, ELL, ESL, Immigrant, Vocabulary, Museum

Abstract

This project seeks to increase the accessibility of a historic site to non-native speakers of English. The ultimate goal of this project is twofold: to draw in more attendees from a currently non-museum-attending population to a particular historical site and to provide non-native speakers of English with an understandable local history and language learning experience. The Comstock House in Moorhead, MN is exploring ways to increase its attendance by reaching out to new Americans and immigrants. A focus group composed of students in Moorhead´s adult ESL courses participated in a tour experience after which they provided feedback regarding the content of the tour, the delivery of the tour, and various aspects of English language accessibility. Based on the feedback from the focus group and secondary research, this project developed a modified script for tour guides to follow, highlighting content on the tour that is relevant to the targeted audience, and provided a vocabulary activity to enhance English language acquisition.

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