Date of Award

Summer 8-27-2020

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science in Education (MSEd)

Department

Education and Human Development

First Advisor

Mahmoud Altalouli

Abstract

Over the last few decades, the population of English language learners (ELL) students in the United States of America has increased immensely, which has caused problems in their academic success Many factors contributed to the problem, including unequal educational opportunities. Studies have shown that ELL students do not have access to the same educational opportunities compared to non-ELL students (Linville,2017). There is a large gap in academic achievement between ELL and non-ELL students in the United States (Campbell, Hespe & Martz, 2016). To address such a problem school districts have looked towards implementing bilingual and TESOL programs within their schools (Campbell, Hespe, & Martz,2016). However, these programs have caused a lot of controversy among the people in society.There is a popular belief in the United States of American that mono-lingual classrooms are the only way for ELL students to be successful (Dubetz & J. de Jong, Ester, 2011). In my paper, I will prove how to create and sustain bilingual programs through following research based practices and creating my product that is geared to help teachers and school building leaders.

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