Capstone Project Title
This project addresses the question, how to enrich and expand the vocabulary of kindergarteners in a Spanish immersion program through science lessons and science-focused learning objectives. The project was born from the author’s experience as a language-immersion primary teacher and her desire to create a space for more science in the classroom while also facilitating target language growth. Literature concerning second language acquisition, language immersion education, inquiry-based learning, national science standards, and connections between science and literacy were researched and consulted to create this project. A five-part professional development was created, directed towards primary-level immersion educators that focuses on supporting research and strategies to build both target language acquisition and foundational skills in the classroom. Key learnings around this project include strategies for target language growth, the use of inquiry-based learning in the immersion classroom, and development of science literacy.
Foreign Language, Science, Staff Development, Teachers/ Teaching
Tomsen, Alisha, "Learning Science In A Second Language" (2019). School of Education and Leadership Student Capstone Projects. 311.
School of Education Student Capstone Projects