Capstone/Dissertation Title

How grammatical language objectives affect language development in English language learners: a curriculum design project

Term

2011

Capstone

Thesis

Degree Name

MAT

Abstract

In this curriculum design project, I wanted to find out if being deliberate in teaching grammatical structures through content would impact ESL students' language development. The development of grammatical language structures is crucial to English language learners' (ELL) progress with academic language. Using research-supported teaching methodologies, I was able to design and implement a curriculum that supported content and language at the same time. The method I chose to use is called the PACE method. The PACE method is a story-based approach to learning language that moves students through four phases: presentation, attention, co-construct, and extension. The results of the design and implementation of this curriculum offer an exciting path to comprehensive ways of teaching and engaging ESL students.

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