Capstone/Dissertation Title

Second Language Writing in the Immersion Classroom

Term

Summer 8-15-2016

Capstone

Thesis

Degree Name

MAT

Primary Advisor/Dissertation Chair

Laura Haldin

Secondary Advisor/Reader One

Mary-Ellen Kasak-Saxler

Peer-Reviewer/Reader Two

Brian Kaufenberg

Abstract

The purpose of the research in this document was to help answer the question: How can students in a third grade French immersion classroom express the vocabulary they need to participate fully in a Writer’s Workshop? It presents research done to support students in the English as a Second Language Classroom in the Writer’s Workshop as well as research in second language writing. Primary research was conducted on a group of third grade students writing in an immersion classroom. The primary research suggests that allowing students to use codeswitching as a tool for scaffolding second language writing will help students to participate fully in the Writer’s Workshop.

Research Methodology

Action Research, Descriptive Statistics, Text Analyses

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