Date of Award

Spring 2020

Document Type




First Reader

Dr. Myra Houser

Second Reader

Dr. Johnny Wink

Third Reader

Professor Sharon Cosh


My thesis examines the contrast between a Muslim man’s opportunity to learn English versus his wife's, who, in a traditional context, would be limited by social obligations to her home and family's welfare. I look specifically at the roles of Muslim Senegalese women. I provide basic cultural context and teaching methods to ESL teachers. I also provide basic vocabulary lists and lesson plans about important situations such as "going to the doctor." The language needed to complete daily tasks is not taught in general language classes, and my goal is to change that.



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