Capstone/Dissertation Title

Aligning the learning: successful strategies for writing in the world language classroom

Term

2008

Capstone

Thesis

Degree Name

MAEd

Abstract

The research questions addressed in this capstone were, how can all students achieve a proficient level of writing skills in world language and how do classroom practices affect the success rate of students? By creating a writing curriculum that integrates best practice in brain based learning, culturally responsive teaching and language acquisition theory, all students can become proficient writers of French. Research supports the importance of a physical and mental environment that recognizes, respects and values the richness of diverse experiences that students bring to the classroom. The author develops a writing curriculum that will be taught in a third or fourth year French class. The curriculum focuses on building connections with students through carefully chosen content that respects diversity and engages a variety of learning styles.

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