Capstone/Dissertation Title

How ESL and classroom teachers can work collaboratively to more effectively serve the educational needs of English language learners

Term

2009

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Abstract

The capstone asks the question how can English as a Second Language and classroom teachers work collaboratively in order to more effectively serve English Language Learners. The motivating factor being the author's experience as an ESL instructor working in isolation from the mainstream classroom and viewing it as a disservice to students. The paper examines the complexities and difficulties of collaborative teacher relationships. The literature review uncovers the main barriers to effective collaboration and explores its essential pieces: including communication, equality of roles and responsibilities, and fusing content and language objectives. A survey to classroom teachers was conducted to evaluate the site's current practice and includes a discussion of how the program can improve collaborative efforts to more effectively serve ELLs.

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