Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science in Education (MSEd)


Education and Human Development

First Advisor

Dr. Gerald Begy


The purpose of this study was to investigate whether there was a significant difference in the verbal interactions of the monolingual teacher with monolingual and bilingual students in the classroom.

Five monolingual teachers from a mid-size urban school were selected to participate in the study. Each teacher was observed on six different occasions and their verbal interactions for a ten-minute period of time during each session was recorded using Withall's Social-Emotional Climate Index.

No significant difference was found to exist between the verbal interactions of the monolingual teachers with monolingual and bilingual students.