Document Type

Master's Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (M.A.)


Teacher Education


I went to Senegal, West Africa, in December 2004 because I wanted to teach English there. This was my second trip to Senegal. On my first trip one year earlier I went to practice African dance, and at that time several people asked me to teach them English. In response to their requests and my own sense of adventure, I created an English as a Foreign Language curriculum specifically designed for semi-literate Senegalese adults working in the tourist business. I spent one month in the village of Abene teaching adults and children, but specifically for this study I conducted interviews and intensive observations of two women and two men. As a result of this study I am currently building the Bolong International Library in Abene. This library will be a place where adults and children can learn English, practice literacy in French and their home languages, get help filling out official forms, and pick up donated school clothes and supplies. I am also working on recruiting adventurous teachers who want to participate in cultural exchange while teaching English in a beachside village in Africa.


Thesis (M.A.) Teacher Education Department