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ERIC Number: ED515105
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 139
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1096-7483-5
A Case Study of English Language Learners and Effective Reading Elements
Smith, Nicole
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, George Fox University
This case study examined the general question: "What are the best practices for teaching. English language learners how to read?" Furthermore, this study sought to discover specifically: How do students using Houghton Mifflin Reading Program with supplementals and Rigby Reading Program with supplementals compare in terms of academic gains?; What do the Houghton Mifflin, Rigby and Supplemental Reading Programs include for ELLs?; What do the literacy coach, ELL specialist and administrators view as the most effective reading program for ELLs?; What are the differences/similarities of these professionals' perceptions regarding the two reading programs with reading supplements as well as the essential reading components? Using a case study design, the researcher analyzed data derived from semi-structured interviews of 10 education professionals; English language development specialists; literacy coaches and administrators; Oregon Assessment of Knowledge and Skills, Dynamic Indicator of Basic Early Literacy Skills, and English Language Proficiency Assessment scores from a sample of 3rd, 4th and 5th grade English language learners from two elementary schools in the Reynolds School District. Furthermore, two core reading programs; Houghton Mifflin and Rigby were analyzed for commonalities and differences. It was discovered that the necessary reading elements for ELLs include a balanced literacy program. Further, ELLs must obtain early intermediate level-2 English proficiency to succeed on these assessments. It was revealed that Houghton Mifflin has more supports for ELLs. However, none of the participants suggested a reading program for ELLs. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 3; Grade 4; Grade 5
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Language: English
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