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A major challenge that elementary ESL teachers face is that of helping students achieve reading competency. There are many factors that play a part in learning to read in a first language. English Learners have additional challenges as they learn to read in a second language. These factors and challenges are investigated and reviewed within this study. The author was curious about a few Somali students in her school who achieve high levels of reading proficiency. The research question for this study was, what factors lead to reading success for Somali elementary students and how do we support these students? This study consisted of interviews with the parents and teachers of three Somali elementary students, as well as classroom observations and review of data, to determine possible factors that promote second language reading success.
Weiss, Julie Marie, "Reading Success Stories: Case Studies of Somali Elementary Students" (2015). School of Education Student Capstones and Dissertations. 122.