Thesis Title

A Perspective of the Effectiveness of Project Based Bilingual Curriculum in Personal Empowerment of the Adult English Language Learner: A Case Study

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

This case study takes a perspective on the effectiveness of Project-Based Bilingual Curriculum in empowering the adult English language learner. The purpose of this study is to examine the English acquisition process of adult Latina women who participate in a project based bilingual language program. This program uses techniques that include different learning modalities, instructional methods and the appreciation of language building through real world experiences and skills.

The sample population includes four Latinas, ages 21 to 34, with varied levels of English language acquisition. These students are enrolled in a Community Adult School in Northern California that offers English classes. Data collection procedures include eight weeks of classroom observation, information collected from student surveys, informal and formal conversations.

Participants reported that bilingual project-based learning, in this setting, selves as an important motivation factor, an aid in increasing their self-confidence and enables them to use English in practical, real-world settings.

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