Term

Summer 8-8-2016

Capstone

Thesis

Degree Name

MAESL

Primary Advisor/Dissertation Chair

Laura Halldin

Secondary Advisor/Reader One

Michal Moskow

Peer-Reviewer/Reader Two

Gabriel Cook

Abstract

The research question addressed in this paper is: How does learning about affixes (prefixes and suffixes) through games and songs help English Language Learners (ELLs) understand the meaning and function of affixes? It documents one teacher’s teaching of common prefixes and suffixes to 3rd grade ELLs with the use of games and songs in the classroom to increase student learning and engagement. The data includes pretests, posttests and a survey. The findings of this study include, 1) some students were secure before the lessons in their knowledge of prefixes re- and mis- and suffix -er ; 2) the data was inconclusive about the students’ increase in understanding of prefixes in-, im-, un-; 3) the data showed that students did increase their understanding of the meaning and function of prefix pre- and suffixes –tion, -sion; 4) according to the survey, most students thought the games and songs in the lessons increased learning and made the lesson more interesting.

Research Methodology

Action Research, Survey

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