Within any given community, culture, language, and religion are deeply connected. In the English language-learning classroom, teachers encounter a diverse population and must consider how to best accommodate the cultural, linguistic, and religious needs of the students. This study considers how religious topics and issues in the classroom are most effectively addressed by ESL (English as a Second Language) teachers. A questionnaire was distributed to ESL teachers and students in order to explore how religion affects teaching and learning in the classroom. Thirteen teachers and thirteen students participated. Results indicated positive and negative impressions and experiences related to the treatment of religion in the classroom. The thesis also includes a personal perspective on the role of religion in ESL based on the author’s cross-cultural experience in Thailand and experience as an ESL tutor at Eastern Kentucky University’s Eastern English Learning Institute. In summary, best practices for teachers for dealing with religion in the classroom are offered.

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Spring 5-5-2012


Sarah Y. Tsiang

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Bachelor Thesis

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Honors Scholars

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English and Theatre

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English and Theatre

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