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Vocabulary instruction strategies for elementary English language learners in southeastern elementary schools

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The increasing diversity in American public schools presents challenges to teachers and administrators. Current methods of reading instruction for English language learners (ELLs) have been ineffective to meet their needs in acquiring vocabulary. Meanwhile, the amount of time afforded ELLs to become proficient with grade-level vocabulary presents challenges for all stakeholders. Consequently, ELL students are not demonstrating growth on Florida's annual standards assessments. The purpose of this qualitative descriptive case study was to explore the vocabulary instruction used by elementary teachers of ELLs in the southeastern United States. The study's contextual framework comprised the five hypotheses of Krashen's second language acquisition theory: acquisition-learning, monitor, natural order, input, and affective filter. The research questions aligned with the theoretical framework and were the means used to identify strategies and describe instruction for ELLs. Nine purposefully selected participants provided rich descriptions of strategies and curricula used during vocabulary instruction to improve language acquisition. Research findings suggest the benefit of promoting partnerships among stakeholders to support vocabulary instruction for ELL students and the importance of continued professional development of vocabulary instruction strategies for staff. An unexpected finding was the value placed on using media for differentiated instruction of academic vocabulary with ELL students. The study provided information for policy and practice on the value of differentiated curriculum with an emphasis on ELLs' language acquisition needs. Future researchers could explore the use of auxiliary resources for ELL students, providing additional opportunities for differentiation in reading vocabulary instruction.
Title: Vocabulary instruction strategies for elementary English language learners in southeastern elementary schools.
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Name(s): Fultz, Lisa Sue Nitschke, author.
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Bibliography
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Academic Theses.
Dissertations, Academic
Academic Theses.
Electronic Thesis Or Dissertation.
Issuance: monographic
Date Created: 2021
Other Date: 2021.
Publisher: University of West Florida,
Place of Publication: [Pensacola, Florida] :
Physical Form: electronic resource
Extent: 1 online resource (x, 192 leaves : illustrations)
Language(s): eng
Abstract: The increasing diversity in American public schools presents challenges to teachers and administrators. Current methods of reading instruction for English language learners (ELLs) have been ineffective to meet their needs in acquiring vocabulary. Meanwhile, the amount of time afforded ELLs to become proficient with grade-level vocabulary presents challenges for all stakeholders. Consequently, ELL students are not demonstrating growth on Florida's annual standards assessments. The purpose of this qualitative descriptive case study was to explore the vocabulary instruction used by elementary teachers of ELLs in the southeastern United States. The study's contextual framework comprised the five hypotheses of Krashen's second language acquisition theory: acquisition-learning, monitor, natural order, input, and affective filter. The research questions aligned with the theoretical framework and were the means used to identify strategies and describe instruction for ELLs. Nine purposefully selected participants provided rich descriptions of strategies and curricula used during vocabulary instruction to improve language acquisition. Research findings suggest the benefit of promoting partnerships among stakeholders to support vocabulary instruction for ELL students and the importance of continued professional development of vocabulary instruction strategies for staff. An unexpected finding was the value placed on using media for differentiated instruction of academic vocabulary with ELL students. The study provided information for policy and practice on the value of differentiated curriculum with an emphasis on ELLs' language acquisition needs. Future researchers could explore the use of auxiliary resources for ELL students, providing additional opportunities for differentiation in reading vocabulary instruction.
Identifier: 1294536614 (oclc), WFE0000773 (IID)
Note(s): by Lisa Sue Nitschke Fultz.
College of Education and Professional Studies ; Department of Educational Research and Administration
Dissertation (Ed.D.) University of West Florida 2021
Includes bibliographical references.
Also available in print.
Subject(s): University of West Florida
University of West Florida.
English language -- Study and teaching -- Foreign speakers
Elementary education, English as a second language, Language arts, Reading, Vocabulary instruction
Library Classification: LD1807.F62j 2021 F858
Persistent Link to This Record: http://purl.flvc.org/uwf/fd/WFE0000773
Use and Reproduction: http://rightsstatements.org/vocab/InC-EDU/1.0/
Host Institution: UWF
Other Format: Vocabulary instruction strategies for elementary English language learners in southeastern elementary schools. (Print version:)
(OCoLC)1294565822

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