The effects of literature circles on the reading comprehension of fourth grade English language learners

This study focuses on the effects of literature circles on reading comprehension of English Language Learners reading in English. 21 fourth grade English Language Learners in a Structured English Immersion class participated in an II-week study using literature circles. Participants were assessed using two different reading assessments before and after the study. In addition, English Language Development levels were assessed in listening, speaking, and reading. Participants were placed into literature groups reflecting instructional reading levels and English Language Development levels. Reader response journals and researcher observations offered additional information about the thinking process of the participants. A participant questionnaire highlighted the perceptions of the participants as readers as well as offered ideas for improving literature circle groupings. Keywords: English Language Learner, literature circles, reader response journal, instructional reading level, English language development level