Home Literacy Environments and Literacy Achievement
Among English Language Learners From Low Socio-Economic Status Families
A Thesis submitted to Southern Utah University
in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of
There are many wonderful people in my community who made this thesis possible. First,
I would like to thank my third-grade students and their parents from the 2010-2011 school year
who participated in this study. The trust and...
The home-literacy environment (HLE) plays a vital role in language and literacy
development for all children before they enter kindergarten and throughout the rest of their
school years. Studies have shown that when children...
have been completely transformed and are irreversible. The ways in which ELLs from low SES
backgrounds interact and associate with the digital era was also addressed. The results of this
research will help educators yield a deeper appreciation...
on the notion that social interaction nurtures cognitive development. With a new perspective of
how learning takes place, Vygotsky felt social learning happens first before child development
occurs. As cited in the Learning Theories Knowledgebase...
school connection and the HLEs of these students are just some of the reasons for these
remarkable academic achievements.
This study did not collect data from any schools other than Dixie Sun Elementary. It
focused on ELLs in the...
reading, writing, and listening as outlined in the Utah Core Curriculum. These tests are an
integral component of U-PASS (Utah Performance Assessment System for Students) and the
federal No Child Left Behind legislation.
Home-literacy environment (HLE): The literacy experiences in the home in which a
child participates and observes before formal reading and writing instruction. It also refers to the
continued literacy experiences a child is exposed to at...
assessment is to provide educators with a total proficiency score for use in their schools, districts,
and state, as mandated by the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. Students will be assessed in the
four language acquisition modalities of...
When children enter school, they bring an array of experiences and background
knowledge to the classroom as they try to understand their new world of learning in the academic
world away from home. In terms of literacy,...
community and family settings are valued in the development of literacy among students who are
not identified with the dominant culture. Factors such as language, culture, ethnicity, and socio-economic
status explain patterns of student...
deprived of learning because of their social isolation and lack of interaction, which affected their
overall cognitive functioning. As a result, Vygotsky set out to transform education in Russia by
creating new pedagogical styles that would...
in their first language (L1); however, this is not always the case. Cooter (2006) describes the
American Idol star, Fantasia Barrino, who recently wrote a memoir entitled Life Is Not a Fairy
Tale (2005) that tells of her experiences as an...
say that educators “should understand that linguistic barriers, diverse social practices, and a
multiplicity of assumptions, beliefs, and perceptions contribute to difficult discourse” (p. 353).
Therefore, linking academic learning...
community to display children’s work, bringing children’s artifacts from home to display at
school, and sharing photographs outside the classroom (Feiler et al., 2008).
In conjunction with the U.S. Department of Education’s (USDOE)...