Capstone/Dissertation Title

Communicating my role as an ESL teacher

Term

2009

Capstone

Thesis

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Abstract

The research question addressed was: How can I better communicate my role as a teacher of English as a Second Language (ESL) in my suburban elementary school? This topic was selected because of the misconceptions, assumptions and varied perceptions that classroom teachers have about the role of ESL teachers. For this capstone, all classroom teachers at the author's school completed a survey that used a mix of rankings, yes/no responses, open-ended questions and a Likert scale that measured their level of agreement with 37 statements related to communication, collaboration, curriculum and culture. There were two project outcomes. The first was a list of the top 12 items the author can focus on to clarify her role for classroom teachers so that they can collaborate more effectively for the benefit of English language learners. The second outcome was a revised ESL teacher job description for her district based on best practices.

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