Fall 12-15-2015



Degree Name


Primary Advisor/Dissertation Chair

Michal Moskow

Secondary Advisor/Reader One

Amy Hewett-Olatunde

Peer-Reviewer/Reader Two

Katie Cordes


The focus of this study is on incorporating what was learned through research to develop a curriculum resource. The primary research question addressed in this project is how educators can incorporate stories from older adult Somali women into English language instruction to improve these students’ English language writing skills. Key influences include my experience as an ESL educator and my strong interest in stories, including their use in education. The study has a curriculum development design. A curriculum resource, in the form of a story-based literacy tool designed to teach English language literacy skills to older Somali women, was developed. The literacy tool can be redesigned for use with other student populations. It provides a way for students to improve their English language writing skills and, ultimately, disseminate their stories.

Research Methodology

Curriculum Development


Adult Education, ESL/ ELLs, Writing, Storytelling

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