Melissa Erickson & Julianne Scullen
Jessica Murphy & Mandy Erlandson
This project addresses the question: What strategies could be provided to content and English as a Second Language (ESL) teachers to help scaffold oral language use for English Learners in the elementary content classroom? This project was born from the author’s experience as a language teacher and the need to provide language supports for her students in content classes such as science and social studies. Literature regarding second language acquisition, science education, and oral language supports were consulted in the development of this project. A portfolio of resources to support oral language development was created, which includes an example science unit plan that incorporates language goals and activities into content lessons, example anchor charts to support student speech, vocabulary teaching resources, and several slideshows designed to teach other educators about strategies for supporting oral language development in the classroom. The resources submitted for this capstone project are the beginnings of a larger project that the author has launched and will continue to expand in the future. Overall, this capstone project provides a variety of oral language scaffolding resources that educators can use to develop academic language development for their English Learner students.
Curriculum, ESL/ ELLs, Science, Oral Language
Bushey, Jamie, "Scaffolding Oral Language for Elementary English Learners in Content Classrooms" (2020). School of Education and Leadership Student Capstone Projects. 500.
School of Education Student Capstone Projects