Action Research Project

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When I first read about the action research project, I was pretty excited to see that I was going to get to work with a child, plan an intervention, and carry out the proposed plan. This was the first experience I have gotten in my college career that has allowed me to work directly with a child by using a method of teaching and instruction that I could plan and execute. Although it seemed like a daunting task to have to do for the first time, I was very excited for the opportunity since that very thing is what I plan on making my future career out of when I graduate. As for any new experience, learning must be directly involved in order to gain a broader understanding and become more capable of progressing positively through the process. I was given a child in the Hillcrest junior kindergarten classroom to work with who is a student with English as his second language. Because I was given a child to work with, I also got to work with the classroom teacher in producing an intervention plan to carry out in the six weeks I worked with him.
The student I worked with is a five-year-old male whose second language is English. He did not have a disability, rather, a disadvantage aside the other children in the classroom. Because his only “disability” came from English being his second language, I was unsure of how I should approach the research to find the best way to support his learning. The student’s first language is Hindi. Since I was with him during the school day, I am unsure of his family dynamics at home. As mentioned previously, he is a student at Hillcrest junior kindergarten where he also sees an ESL teacher for help transitioning between languages. Emotionally, cognitively, and physically, the student seems to be...

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...here is a wealth of information and support ideas other people have tried, so when looking for ways to support a child learning a second language, researching other’s successes and failures is a great tool to use to ensure a more efficient and effective intervention.

References
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Shoebottom, P. (2013). What is the best age to start a second language? Retrieved November 22, 2013, from Frankfurt International School website: http://esl.fis.edu/parents/advice/myth2.htm
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