Term

Fall 10-13-2015

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Thesis

Degree Name

MAESL

Primary Advisor/Dissertation Chair

Lisa Robb

Secondary Advisor/Reader One

Anne DeMuth

Peer-Reviewer/Reader Two

Jessica Emery

Abstract

There are many challenges for secondary ELs in their mainstream classes. Social studies texts in particular can be very difficult for students to comprehend. The cause-effect relationships play a key role in students understanding the connection of historical events. This study looks at the use of audiobooks as a scaffolding tool to improve students’ comprehension of the cause-effect relationships in social studies texts. Specifically the concurrent reading of the text along with listening to the audiobook. It was conducted in a high school intermediate ESL class, students read sections of a text without the use of the audiobook, then with the audiobook. Post reading assessments were conducted after each reading, and the scores compared. Results from this study indicate that the use of audiobooks while reading along with the text promotes comprehension.

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