Master of Arts (M.A.)
This action research project explored the question of how to incorporate intermediate fluent bilingual students' personal experience and primary language to improve a teacher's practice in a sixth grade Humanities class. There were three main findings in this research. First, the use of multiple languages during instruction had a positive effect on student motivation and participation. Next, student writing samples generated information relating to both language acquisition and understanding of content. Finally, multiple and varied opportunities to demonstrate and reflect on learning contributed to student success. These findings raise some questions regarding the combination of English and other languages in the mainstream learning environment as well as how assessment can be used to improve learning.
Antaya, Jason, "Making our way : the incorporation of intermediate fluent bilingual students' personal experience and primary language in a mainstream humanities class at the middle school level" (2010). Capstone Projects and Theses. 430.