ERIC Number: EJ1046336
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 39
When Special Education Trumps ESL: An Investigation of Service Delivery for ELLs with Disabilities
Kangas, Sara E. N.
Critical Inquiry in Language Studies, v11 n4 p273-306 2014
Through an ethnographic study of one suburban elementary school, the delivery of services to English language learners (ELLs) with disabilities was investigated. The data analysis revealed that often disability-related and English as a Second Language (ESL) services were in contention, as scheduling, teacher expertise, school culture, and ESL program models often resulted in the prioritization of services. Consequently, ELLs with disabilities were not positioned as learners with Second Language Acquisition (SLA) and disability-related learning needs. The findings of this study indicate the need to promote a more robust understanding of the legalities of ESL services for school personnel and to develop teachers' knowledge of pedagogical approaches for ELLs with disabilities from an interdisciplinary and integrative perspective.
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Delivery Systems, Interdisciplinary Approach, Disabilities, Ethnography, Educational Environment, Second Language Instruction, Scheduling, Knowledge Base for Teaching, Teaching Methods, Student Needs, Case Studies, Elementary School Students, Elementary School Teachers, Semi Structured Interviews, Teacher Attitudes
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania