Capstone/Dissertation Title

Motivating & teaching emergent readers in an immersion classroom

Term

2010

Capstone

Thesis

Degree Name

MAEd

Abstract

The research question addressed in this project was, what strategies are most effective for improving emergent readers' skills in their second language? The motivating factor for this capstone is to address the discrepancy between what emergent readers in first grade are interested in reading and what they are capable of reading in their second language. This capstone details the brain processes involved in reading, the components of reading, immersion background and methodology, and effective strategies for successful reading instruction. The author connects sound immersion methodology with best practices in reading instruction. The culmination of this research is a series of picture books that highlight the author's students, thus motivating the students to read, while also focusing on essential grade level vocabulary and grammar.

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