Doctor of Education (EdD)
Curriculum and Instruction
First Advisor's Name
Judith J. Slater
First Advisor's Committee Title
Second Advisor's Name
Third Advisor's Name
Sandra H. Fradd
Fourth Advisor's Name
Stephen M. Fain
Date of Defense
The purpose of this study was to examine what secondary English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) teachers understand about social and academic language, what instructional strategies they use for Limited English Proficient (LEP) students, and how these concepts are operationalized in their daily practice.
This was a mixed method study incorporating both quantitative and qualitative data collection and interpretation. Written questionnaires and individual interviews addressed the questions on teachers' definitions of social and academic language and their strategy use. Classroom observations provided verification of their definitions and their descriptions of instruction for academic language.
Findings indicated that teachers' definitions of social and academic language were still developing and that there were ambiguities in identifying examples of social and academic language. The use of graphic organizers or visual supports, groups or peer partners, role play or drama, and modeling were the strategies teachers consistently listed for beginner, intermediate, advanced and multiple level classes. Additionally, teachers' descriptions of their instruction were congruent with what was observed in their classroom practice.
It appeared that this population of secondary ESOL teachers was in the process of evolving their definitions of social and academic language and were at different stages in this evolution. Teachers' definitions of language influenced their instruction. Furthermore, those who had clear constructs of language were able to operationalize them in their classroom instruction.
Chin, Judy, "What secondary english to speakers of other languages (ESOL) teachers know about social and academic language and instructional strategies for limited english proficient students" (2002). FIU Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 2337.
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