Capstone Project Title
While theories and methods surrounding English language teaching are continually evolving, the goal is almost always the same: help students acquire the English they need to be successful in their communication at work and the community. Adult ESL programs are often focused on work and community but leave family communication out of the curriculum. Inclusion of the first language (L1) in adult-focused curricula can help improve the language acquisition of the second language (L2) and improve the overall literacy of the learners. Although many family literacy programs are being created or researched to improve child literacy in the home, and some bilingual family literacy programs have been created, few focus on the adults in the home. Using the backward design model from Wiggins and McTighe (2011) this bilingual literacy program was created to place the parents at the helm of fostering a positive bilingual environment in their home. The program was designed to be implemented through community programs and libraries but could be adapted for the public school setting as well. The take-home activities were designed to be simple and easily implemented at home so parents can feel confident participating and leading their families. This capstone project discusses relevant literature for creating a bilingual literacy program, the method used to do so, and a summary of limitations and suggested improvements.
Adult Education, ESL/ ELLs, Literacy, Multicultural Education
Perkins, Jordan, "A Parent Focused Bilingual Literacy Program" (2021). School of Education and Leadership Student Capstone Projects. 723.
School of Education Student Capstone Projects