Capstone Project Title
Jennifer Carlson, Kelly Killorn
English Learner students are a rapidly growing subset of the U.S. student population with unique strengths and needs compared to their monolingual peers. My experiences as an EL teacher with secondary EL students who have experienced trauma led to my capstone question: what best practices can be used for high school EL students who have been impacted by trauma to build their English language acquisition? While there is a plethora of research on EL students and on trauma, there is little research connecting the two topics. However, research demonstrates a number of proven strategies to help EL students and students who have experienced trauma be successful in the classroom. The information learned in this capstone led to the creation of a professional development workshop series for all school staff on EL students, the effects of trauma, and best practices for working with EL students who have experienced trauma.
At-risk Students, ESL/ ELLs, Literacy, Multicultural Education
Sundermeyer, Hannah, "Best Practices to Improve English Language Acquisition for High School EL Students who have Experienced Trauma" (2022). School of Education and Leadership Student Capstone Projects. 783.
School of Education Student Capstone Projects