Capstone Project Title
Building Academic Competence For English Learners
The research question asked for this project is, “In what ways can elementary classroom teachers have a deeper understanding of second language learning, so that they can effectively accelerate their English learner’s (EL’s) language growth during content instruction?” The author describes how second language learning during mainstream classroom instruction greatly impacts the rate at which ELs become English proficient. The project is inspired by the author’s involvement with the Hamline English Learners in the Mainstream (ELM) grant. The project provides information and tools for mainstream teachers in the form of a professional development (PD) series. Both “active” and online sessions are available. Using the resources provided, language instruction can be embedded into content lessons thus facilitating both language and academic growth. Specific topics of this professional development series are vocabulary instruction, oral language practice, explicit language instruction, cultural and linguistic awareness. The researcher cites and explains language-learning resources made available by World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment (WIDA).
Hoehn, Shelley, "Building Academic Competence For English Learners" (2019). School of Education and Leadership Student Capstone Projects. 336.
School of Education Student Capstone Projects