Primary Advisor/Dissertation Chair
Secondary Advisor/Reader One
The research questions addressed in this project were, how can a professional development session be created to help make non-EL teachers more aware of visual learning strategies intended to offer comprehensible input for English Learners? How can the materials within the workshop be adaptable and relevant to teachers with low levels of experience in working with English Learners? This project documents the exploration of non-EL teachers’ lack of professional development in regards to supporting best strategies for English Learners in order to create workshop materials for a future training in the public school district where I work. I began by looking at what some districts and non-EL teachers are currently using as best practice, as well as what research highlights as effective teachers of EL students. I then reviewed the strategies for comprehensible input as an introduction to making language visual for English learners. Four types of visual supports were then introduced and described (adding visual images to written text, using realia, using graphic organizers, and acting out language through gestures and movement). The materials were designed with non-EL teacher participants in mind, and effective professional development tools were carefully considered in order to align to the research and intent of collaboration. Finally, a discussion of the process for creating the
workshop materials led to a reflection of offering more structured critique and guidance to non- EL teachers in offering support and collaboration for working with ELs.
ESL/ ELLs, Staff Development
Magnusson, Jillian, "Introducing Non-EL Teachers To Visual Learning Strategies For Beginning English Learners: A Proposal For Workshop Study" (2017). School of Education and Leadership Student Capstone Theses and Dissertations. 4392.