Capstone Project Title

Learning Science In A Second Language

Term

Spring 2019

Capstone

Capstone Project

Degree Name

MAEd

Facilitator(s)

Julia Reimer

Content Expert

Lina Mraz

Abstract

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.

Project Type

Professional Development

Keywords

Foreign Language, Science, Staff Development, Teachers/ Teaching

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