Masters Theses/Capstone Projects

Date of Award

4-27-2019

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Curriculum and Instruction (MAE)

Department

Education

Advisor

Carrie Scheckelhoff, Ph.D.

First Committee Member

Susan Constable, Ph.D.

Second Committee Member

Grace McDaniel, Ph.D.

Keywords

English Language Learners, Refugees, Language Experience Approach, Oral Language, Literacy, Story Dictation

Subject Categories

Bilingual, Multilingual, and Multicultural Education | Curriculum and Instruction | Disability and Equity in Education

Abstract

The purpose of this project is to present a literacy curriculum designed specifically for emergent English Learners (ELs) and refugee students. The curriculum utilizes the Language Experience Approach (LEA) to support ELs in their literacy learning as well as capitalize on student strengths in oral language. In order to design this curriculum, literature research was conducted with two questions in mind: 1. How can the strengths of refugee students’ be utilized in a literacy curriculum? 2. In what ways could a Language Experience Approach­based curriculum support emergent ELs in their literacy development? Once these questions were answered through thorough literature research, the curriculum was then created by incorporating both best practices for emergent ELs and refugees, as well as strong components of LEA instruction. The sample unit plan was then implemented into an EL classroom. Student work samples from the classroom implementation are included as guides for other educators interested in incorporating this curriculum into their own classrooms.

Share

COinS
 
 

To view the content in your browser, please download Adobe Reader or, alternately,
you may Download the file to your hard drive.

NOTE: The latest versions of Adobe Reader do not support viewing PDF files within Firefox on Mac OS and if you are using a modern (Intel) Mac, there is no official plugin for viewing PDF files within the browser window.