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Title: Jessamine County Elementary ELL Education: A case study
Author: Elsa Wachter
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Institution: Asbury College
Linguistic Field: Language Acquisition
Subject Language: English
Abstract: This bipartite case study examines the education offered to elementary ELL students in Jessamine County, KY by means of a content analysis and teacher surveys. The process was broken into five stages. (1) Conducted literature review on ESL curriculum, ESL strategies, case studies, etc. (2) Collected expectations, guidelines, standards, and other documents that direct ESL instruction in Jessamine County. (3) Compared/contrasted the state and county requirements for elementary students and created a document which combines the standards and expectations. (4) Created, distributed and collected surveys based on literature review and expectations. (5) Analyzed data from surveys for content, suggestions, difficulty of core content, and other ethnographic qualities. The ESL curriculum in all Kentucky counties is guided by the WIDA ELP standards and the Kentucky Core Content for Assessment 4.1 standards. A document that combined the two sets of standards and analyzed the overlap had not yet been created. /L//L/The content analysis section provides two lengthy comparative charts that display the KYCC standards with the WIDA standards that correlate and vice versa. The WIDA standards focus on the type of language children usually acquire in their first five years and how this language can be stressed in a variety of subjects; most subjects are included in the Core Content standards for Kentucky. The survey response was unanimous that ELLs were improving and actively participating, although a lack of incorporating native culture into the classroom was indicated. Thus the ESL curriculum in Jessamine County, KY, is satisfactory and effective for the current Jessamine ELL students. There are gaps in the curriculum between the two sets of standards but the majority of the KYCC standards are fulfilled by WIDA standards.
Type: Individual Paper
Status: Completed
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