Thesis Title

Review of Literature on Language Programs for English Language Learners and Implications for Program Development

Graduation Date

Spring 2003

Document Type

Master's Thesis

Document Form

Print

Degree Name

Master of Science

Program Name

Education

Program Director

Madalienne F. Peters, EdD

Abstract

The work of researchers, theorists and practitioners suggests that, for more than thirty years, California has been facing a challenge in educating English Language Learners. Studies show that the current practices are not giving the appropriate tools for ELL students to become language proficient at a comparable level of native English speakers. This project analyzes different practices of programs in conjunction with ESL Standards, performance test results, and brings awareness to educators, when 40% of our public school students are English Learners, and no consensus has been born for a problem whose solution is long overdue. In addition, and as a conclusion, this study offers suggestions for English language development across the curriculum during the elementary years.

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