English Language Learner Programs and Services: A Case Study of Nebraska Middle Schools

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ProQuest, 2008 - English language - 175 pages
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Five themes emerged from the interviews. These themes were: People Make the Difference; Training and Professional Development is Essential; Curriculum and Materials Vary; Thoughtful Programming for Student Needs is Critical; and, A Positive School Culture and Climate is Necessary. These themes were described in detail. The researcher found that a wide range of services existed for ELL students across the state of Nebraska. Types of services varied from school to school, and often depended on the size of the ELL population in the school. The informants also discussed training opportunities that existed for general education teachers, ELL teachers, and other support staff members. Training of personnel emerged as an area that each of the schools that participated in this study reviewed as an area for continued growth. In general, this study found that a wide variety of ELL programs, resources, and training opportunities are being utilized in schools across the state of Nebraska to meet the emerging needs of ELL students and families.
 

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Contents

Chapter OneIntroduction
1
Chapter TwoReview of Literature
9
Chapter ThreeMethodology
40
List of Tables
47
Chapter FourFindings
56
Pseudonyms and Demographic Information
57
Demographics of Participants
58
Overall Themes
74
School Staffing Information
77
ELL Curriculum and Materials
86
Student Enrollment by RaceEthnicity
114
Percentage of Students Meeting Reading and Writing Standards
119
Chapter FiveConclusions
124
References
134
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