Term

Spring 2020

Capstone

Capstone Project

Degree Name

MAT

Facilitator(s)

Jennifer Carlson

Content Expert

Sara Seaburg

Abstract

English language learners (ELLs) are the fastest growing student population in the United States. Despite this fact, many classroom teachers lack the specific knowledge, experience, and skills necessary to provide effective instruction to linguistically diverse students. This capstone seeks to answer the question: How can mainstream teachers be better prepared to support English language learners? The final result of this project is a series of professional development seminars covering the pattern of second language development, types of language, the importance of educators maintaining high expectations of their ELL students, the value of culturally compatible instruction, and the unique challenges facing ELL students. In addition to scholarly information, the provision of teaching strategies and educator resources will give all readers and presentation participants a foundation of information enabling them to better support the ELLs in their mainstream classrooms.

Keywords

ESL/ ELLs, professional development, culturally compatible instruction

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text

dc_publisher

DigitalCommons@Hamline

dc_format

application/pdf

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School of Education Student Capstone Projects

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