Summer 2018


Capstone Project

Degree Name



Susan Manikowski, Julianne Scullen

Content Expert

Kristin Butterfield


The research question addressed in this project is, How can teachers best use independent reading with E-Books to benefit elementary English language learner students? The author describes how hearing Stephen Krashen speak about the importance of independent reading made him curious about using E-Books with ELLs. In his review of literature, he describes how E-Books can best provide comprehensible input to help ELLs learn language, how E-Books can best meet the needs of emergent readers, how they can best use special text-tools, and how teachers can make sure independent reading is successful in their classrooms. With this information he makes a website for teachers of elementary ELLs on the subject of using E-Books for independent reading. Hasan and Abuelrub (2010) provide a framework for ensuring the quality of the website. The author concludes that E-Books can be used effectively to promote language and literacy with ELLs if students have access to appropriate books and teachers structure independent reading with pre-teaching of expectations, monitoring of behavior during reading, and reflection activities after reading. He believes his website can help teachers make productive independent reading with E-Books a reality in their classrooms and better serve elementary ELL students. (196 words)

Project Type

Website Creation


ESL/ ELLs, Literacy, Reading

Included in

Education Commons