Literacy and English Language Learners

The purpose of this project is to examine the literacy and language development of Spanish dominant English Language Learners in mainstream classrooms. English Language Learners are one of the largest groups of students who continue to struggle in reading achievement in comparison to their peers. The review of literature serves as the guide in the development and design of the curriculum. The resulting curriculum provides educators with a supplementary reading curriculum that represents the culture and language of Spanish dominant English Language Learners. The curriculum aligns with the Common Core State Standards and the English Language Development Standards and provides opportunities to practice reading, writing, listening and speaking skills. The project is significant because there is a critical need for supplementary reading curriculum designed specifically for English Language Learners that allows them to use the strengths of their prior knowledge and lived experiences. The project contributes to current educational research in the field of literacy and language development for Hispanic English Language Learners.