Bridging English language learners' literacy skills
Impregnated with almost two decades of living alongside marginalized populations in the streets and slums of a large Latin American metropolis the author seeks to shed light on the critical pedagogical insights of the revolutionary educator Paulo Freire. In a constructivist newcomers' class of Latino middle schoolers, in an inner city public school, Aamot explores the question of how students' personal background experiences can empower motivation, skills, and their vision of success as they learn. The instruments used in this mixed method research approach are the Writers' Workshop strategies, the Language Experience Approach, and student reflective journals. Pre and post questionnaires, observational notes, and learners' writing affirm student empowerment through the discovery of new-found significance in their personal stories, values, and expectations.
Aamot, Daniel Chaves, "Bridging English language learners' literacy skills" (2011). School of Education Student Capstone Theses and Dissertations. 850.