ERIC Number: EJ1038684
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Abstractor: As Provided
Long-Term English Language Learners' Perceptions of Their Language and Academic Learning Experiences
Kim, Won Gyoung; García, Shernaz B.
Remedial and Special Education, v35 n5 p300-312 Sep-Oct 2014
Long-term, adolescent English language learners (ELLs) experience persistent academic underachievement in spite of several years of schooling; yet, the research on this topic is scant. To increase our understanding of these students' educational experiences, we explored perceptions of 13 long-term ELLs about their schooling in the context of their school history, including program placements, special education referral, and academic outcomes. Data from semistructured interviews and documents were analyzed using a grounded theory approach. Participants viewed themselves as English-proficient, motivated learners, and described their school experience as positive but challenging. The findings revealed a gap between their postsecondary aspirations and the reality of their academic performance, which raises questions about the adequacy of educational programs and identification of ELLs with disabilities.
Descriptors: English Language Learners, Learning Experience, Adolescent Attitudes, Institutional Characteristics, Student Placement, Special Education, Referral, Academic Achievement, Semi Structured Interviews, Grounded Theory, Content Analysis, Educational Experience, Language Proficiency, Motivation, Academic Aspiration, Disability Identification, Qualitative Research, Special Programs, Elementary Schools, Secondary Schools, Academic Persistence, Language of Instruction, Writing Skills
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Secondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Texas
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Woodcock Munoz Language Survey