Summer 8-15-2016



Degree Name


Primary Advisor/Dissertation Chair

Laura Halldin

Secondary Advisor/Reader One

Amanda Herrera-Gundale

Peer-Reviewer/Reader Two

Brigid Berger


The research question addressed in this project was, how can environmental education curricula be implemented in dual immersion classrooms? It describes how the author used a unit planning framework designed for dual immersion to adapt lessons from the environmental education curriculum Project WILD for her first grade Spanish immersion class. Both curriculum design and action research were incorporated into the project. She details the process of modifying the lessons, what happened when she implemented the lessons in her classroom, and how the lessons improved students’ content knowledge, language abilities, and appreciation for the environment. She concludes that environmental education can be particularly effective in an immersion setting because of the opportunities for experiential learning and meaningful language practice it provides.

Research Methodology

Action Research, Curriculum Development, Interview


Environmental Studies, ESL/ ELLs, Foreign Language, Science

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