Capstone Project Title
The curriculum designed for this project focuses on combining the science of reading with oral language development through read-alouds, with a focus on understanding text structure. The purpose of this study is to determine best practices for teaching multilingual learners how to read and to give teachers concrete materials to use in the classroom. Research suggests that phonics-based instruction supports the reading development of multilingual learners more than whole language instruction. Researchers also recommend teachers focus on more than just decoding, especially for multilingual learners as it connects to comprehension. Additionally, research emphasizes the importance of developing oral language in young children to support reading proficiency. This is the reasoning behind focusing the curriculum on oral language development that should be paired with phonics-based instruction. Furthermore, multiple studies support the use of read-alouds to develop oral language and research explains that text structure is important to teach students because it supports comprehension. Therefore, the goal of this curriculum is for multilingual learners to gain oral language proficiency, ultimately supporting their reading proficiency and comprehension skills.
Curriculum, ESL/ ELLs, Literacy
Christman, Eleanor, "Curriculum Design that Supports Multilingual Learners' Literacy Development: Pairing the Science of Reading and Oral Language Development Utilizing Read-Alouds" (2023). School of Education and Leadership Student Capstone Projects. 942.
School of Education Student Capstone Projects