Honors Senior Theses/Projects

Date of Award

Spring 2021

Exit Requirement

Undergraduate Honors Thesis/Project

Department

Honors Program

Faculty Advisor

Dr. Jessica Dougherty

Honors Program Director

Dr. Gavin Keulks

Abstract

There is a lot of research and recent knowledge regarding how Emergent Bilinguals (EBs) can best be taught content-based material and the English language in their K-12 schooling; however most of this knowledge is being taught only to ESOL endorsed teachers, bilingual teachers, or other ELD specialists who work with EBs directly. The truth is that every single teacher will have an EB in their class at some point in their career, and for most teachers that will be many more than just one student. I want to explore how the existing strategies that are known to be successful are being used by teachers who do not have training in ESOL and whether they can be made more accessible and seem more possible for these teachers who do not have a background in second language education. To do this, I will first examine what these most current strategies are. Through this examination, I am going to determine where the strategies can be modified to be accessible and realistically implemented by teachers who have less experience with ESOL or bilingual education. With these modified strategies, I will create the Sheltered Strategies Toolkit, a website that will show examples of how these tools can be implemented in the mainstream classroom. The Sheltered Strategies Toolkit will make it clear how the modified instructional methods can be put to use by all teachers, and will give me invaluable experience and knowledge as I gain a deeper understanding of the effective ESOL practices and how they can be used in my own future classrooms.

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