School of Education
Integrated Studies: Elementary--Teacher Certification
Primary Subject Area
Education, Bilingual and Multicultural
English Language Learners, Literacy, Bilingual Education
Bilingual, Multilingual, and Multicultural Education
Merrick, Stephanie, "Educating English Language Learners: The Literacy Gap in the Underacheiving Demographic" (2012). Senior Honors Theses. 280.
With the recent rise in immigration, the demographics of the American classroom are changing. English Language Learners are becoming more common, and with this change comes the challenge of effectively educating them. Unfortunately, this demographic has been observed to have a major achievement gap, as many students are placed in mainstream classrooms without basic literacy skills. This gap can be bridged through intentional focus on literacy with these students. This thesis examines styles of education for English Language Learners and instructional strategies in an effort to identify which styles and strategies can bridge the literacy and achievement gap most effectively.