Document Type

Capstone Project (Open Access)

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)


Liberal Studies


Liberal Studies

First Advisor

Paoze Thao


English language learners are the fastest growing population in education and make up nearly one out of every four students in California classrooms. They are in need of successful classroom models in the mainstream elementary classroom to benefit their education. The purpose of this study is to examine the benefits of instructional models for teaching mainstream elementary English language learners, which is done through the review of literature and mainstream teacher surveys. Of the surveys conducted, 84% of the teachers believe that their current classroom models in place are beneficial; however, there is little evidence to support this in Monterey County. There are genuine benefits to implementing a successful classroom model for English language learners such as growth in reading comprehension, fluency, accuracy level, and linguistic growth. The findings of my senior capstone indicate that there is a need for explicit beneficial evidence based programs to be in place for ELLs in the mainstream classrooms.

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