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Nature journaling in ESOL classes

If you have led nature journaling with adults who are learning English as a new language, I would love to talk with you about participating in an interview for my thesis (MA in Education at Prescott College).

"Nature journaling" encompasses any activity that involves writing or drawing from sensory and emotional awareness in outdoor surroundings. My study explores these questions: From teachers’ perspectives, how can nature journaling benefit adult ESOL students? and, How can teachers incorporate nature journaling into adult ESOL classes? I’m particularly interested in how EE outcomes like nature connection and sense of place might enhance the experience of language learning for adult ESOL students. I arrived at these questions from working at EE nonprofits and, currently, in a community ESOL program in Baltimore, MD.

I'm searching for four to six educators to participate in individual interviews of up to one hour over Zoom or phone. If interested, please reach out via email with a brief explanation of how you meet the participation criteria (below). Thank you so much for reading and sharing this posting with anyone who might be interested.

A participant must:
1) be a formal or informal educator who teaches either ESOL classes OR in an environmental education class or program with students who primarily speak a language other than English, and
2) have experience leading nature journaling activities.
Finally, these activities must take place with adult students in the U.S. and may be ongoing or past experiences.

With appreciation,

-Hannah Mueller, Hannah.mueller@student.prescott.edu