Capstone/Dissertation Title

Strategies for Integrating Basic Computer Skills and Online Resources into the Low Level ABE ESL Computer Lab to Facilitate Independent Language Learning

Term

Fall 12-9-2014

Capstone

Thesis

Degree Name

MAESL

Primary Advisor/Dissertation Chair

Nima Salehi

Secondary Advisor/Reader One

Kathryn Heinze

Peer-Reviewer/Reader Two

Rachel Kaster

Abstract

The research questions addressed are: what teaching strategies can be used with LL ABE ESL students to integrate basic computer skills and technology enhanced language learning and, how are these strategies applied during independent computer time for students? This capstone describes teaching computer skills to LL ABE ESL students and the struggle in teaching computer skills while simultaneously enhancing language learning. It documents the author’s attempt to integrate the teaching strategies of repetition, routine, and scaffolding using a computer skills and ESL activity checklist handout in a LL ABE ESL computer lab to facilitate independent language learning and basic computer skill acquisition.

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