Capstone Project Title
Patty Born Selly
The attendance rate of international students has nearly doubled in U.S colleges (Bergey et al., 2019). Many English Language Learners (ELL) are learning the English language while attending regular subject classes, such as biology. There can be many difficult challenges that arise for ELLs in science classes, such as the complex vocabulary of scientific terms. ELL students struggle in science classrooms and have less engagement in the material because of the language barrier and the complexity of the content (Short et al., 2011). Interactive lecturing is a great way to promote engagement in a science classroom with ELLs. Interactive Lecturing combines an interactive lecture with active learning strategies to create a learning environment where students are the center of the lecture (Barkley & Major, 2018). Incorporating interactive strategies in the classroom can help ELLs learn the material and vocabulary because they are practicing the vocabulary in multiple ways. The project created was a website of various interactive strategies that teachers can use in their diverse science classrooms. The strategies in the website provide science instructors with resources but can be adapted for other disciplines as well. The research question addressed in this project is, What interactive strategies promote engagement for English Language Learners in a post-secondary science setting? The overall goal of this project is to compile a variety of interactive strategies that instructors can try in their diverse classrooms.
ESL/ ELLs, Science, Teachers/ Teaching
Newman, Kristal, "What Interactive Strategies Promote Engagement for English Language Learners in a Post-Secondary Science Classroom?" (2020). School of Education Student Capstone Projects. 491.
School of Education Student Capstone Projects