Capstone Project Title
The number of English language learners in public schools continues to increase in Minnesota. Multilingual high school students having a WIDA English language proficiency level below three tend to experience a greater number of academic challenges and experience lower graduation rates. In order to combat these challenges, many high schools provide sheltered content classes co-taught by licensed content and EL teachers. While these courses help students succeed in mastering content standards, English language development is often relegated to incidental acquisition as a bi-product of the learning process. This capstone uses the connections model of content based instruction to answer the question: How can the curriculum for a sheltered Earth and Space Science course support the English language development of secondary multilingual learners? This project demonstrates that Earth and Space Science curriculum at the high school level can be used to meet multilingual learners’ needs for both content mastery and English language development.
Curriculum, ESL/ ELLs, Science, Teachers/ Teaching
Gislason, Laura, "Teaching English in Earth and Space Science: Content-Based Curriculum Development for Secondary Multilingual Learners" (2023). School of Education and Leadership Student Capstone Projects. 907.
School of Education Student Capstone Projects