ERIC Number: ED473081
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Mar
"Open Court" and English Language Learners: Questions and Strategies.
Peck, Sabrina; Serrano, Ana M.
This study investigated the suitability of Open Court for teaching English language learners (ELLs). Open Court is a scripted curriculum that emphasizes basic skills broken down into discrete parts and subparts. Its teacher's manual specifies amount of time per activity and teacher language required. Teachers are overseen by coaches who ensure they follow directions. Researchers conducted interviews and observations and administered questionnaires to examine student teachers' use of and views on Open Court and teacher educators' beliefs about Open Court. Overall, several teachers mentioned that lessons presupposed background knowledge that ELLs did not have and that Open Court's rapid instructional pace and lack of interaction caused ELLs to tune out. Many teachers considered Open Court's phonics program a strength, but they faulted its focus on average learners with average learning modalities. They also faulted it for containing only whole class instruction and for not including enough critical thinking activities. None of the teachers found the ESL guide for adapting the curriculum useful. Teachers felt that Open Court was good for primary grade students, because they learned to decode faster and more accurately. Teachers considered it less appropriate for older children, because they did not develop vocabulary, background knowledge, or comprehension skills sufficiently. (Contains 18 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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