Capstone/Dissertation Title

Supporting English Language Learners’ Use of Code-Switching in a Mainstream Charter School Classroom

Term

Fall 12-7-2015

Capstone

Thesis

Degree Name

MAT

Primary Advisor/Dissertation Chair

Shelley Orr

Secondary Advisor/Reader One

Margaret Turnwall

Peer-Reviewer/Reader Two

Anand Varadarajan

Abstract

The research question addressed in this project was, how can Latino-American students who are native Spanish speakers be better equipped in a general education setting as a way of helping them acquire English language proficiency? It documents four core-subject teacher’s classroom instruction and surveyed beliefs of second language acquisition and use of code-switching with their English language learners. It included data analysis of how English language learners use code-switching. The author documents the campuses’ development and implementation of a bilingual tutoring program to increase English language learner’s academic progress, a solution to supporting code-switching during students’ learning.

Research Methodology

Program Development

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