Teaching English Language Learners: A Comparison of Dual Immersion and English as a Second Language Programs
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This paper compares two different programs designed to teach Spanish-speaking English Language Learners (ELLs). The first, English as a Second Language (ESL), utilizes English-only instruction to facilitate English acquisition, while the second, Dual Immersion, provides instruction in both Spanish and English in order to promote comprehension of curriculum. Based on conceptual arguments in the literature regarding ELLs, I hypothesize that Dual Immersion programs are at least as effective, and likely more effective, than ESL programs in promoting the academic and social success of ELLs. To examine this hypothesis, I conduct a formal literature review of the existing research on Dual Immersion programs, as well as a case study of an elementary school with both programs in Siler City, North Carolina. Although the methodology contains limitations, the evidence is consistent with my original hypothesis.
DepartmentPublic Policy Studies
CitationHarless, Erin (2011). Teaching English Language Learners: A Comparison of Dual Immersion and English as a Second Language Programs. Honors thesis, Duke University. Retrieved from https://hdl.handle.net/10161/5071.
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