Capstone Project Title
Shelley Orr and Julia Reimer
Brittany Geistfeld and Jessica Olson
This capstone project was designed to provide educational support for the literacy development of multilingual learners in the mainstream classroom. The guiding questions this project seeks to answer are: How can multilingual learners develop strong literacy skills within their mainstream classrooms? What strategies, resources, and instructional models best support them in this learning? These questions led to relevant literature that provided research in the areas of instructional model design, engagement strategies, home language scaffolds, and cultural considerations. Through these four key areas, educators will be able to grow in their ability to meet the needs of their multilingual learners and feel confident that they are supporting language and literacy development simultaneously. The project that was created after analyzing the research was a resource website designed to offer examples, visuals, videos, explanations, and tools to help mainstream teachers and multilingual learner program leaders implement a more inclusive and supportive learning environment. A few key takeaways from the creation of this website were the importance of creating language rich environments that seek to offer multiple entry points for language learners to access the content and the integral role a diverse book can play in the inclusion of other cultures, backgrounds, and experiences that are reflective of a wide-range of voices. The goal of this website and paper is to help educators and leaders build their competence and grow their confidence in the area of multilingual learner education.
ESL/ ELLs, Literacy, Multicultural Education, Reading
Hebert, Megan, "Effective Reading Strategies for Multilingual Learners in the Mainstream Classroom" (2022). School of Education and Leadership Student Capstone Projects. 794.
School of Education Student Capstone Projects