One of the co-authors of Treasures is Dr. Jana Echevarria, a professor of educational psychology
who specializes in bilingual education and is an expert in teaching ELLs. Echevarria (2005)
stated, “In order to tailor instruction appropriately,...
that curriculum standards are taught and students are prepared for end-of-level tests, such as the
CRTs. However, if educators recognize that another priority of teaching should be to learn about
the HLEs, home communities, and the cultural...
perspective about the HLEs of ELLs from low-SES families. The instruments used to collect
data for this study are located in Appendices A through D.
The tasks that were completed in sequential order to accomplish the purpose of the...
Qualitative and quantitative research methods were used for data collection in this
research project to answer questions about the high degree of variability in HLEs among ELLs
from low-SES families. Investigative measures,...
Home Visit Comparison Chart
High-Literate ELL Home Visits Low-Literate ELL Home Visits
All families were nuclear. There were more single-parent families than
At least one parent spoke both English and
give it a pleasing color. Children in the neighborhood are laughing and playing and do not seem
to mind using the road for a playground. Upon entering the home, Miguel shouts, “¡Mama, la
maestra esta aquí! La maestra esta aquí!” In this...
boyfriend lives with the family in the home. Maria has two little sisters that she helps tend.
Maria’s real dad lives in Texas and was very abusive to Maria’s mom in the past. Maria’s
maternal grandma lives in St. George and Maria’s mom...
company. Dad explains that he works hard so that his children can one day go to college. “Tengo
sueños todo el tiempo que mis hijos algún día ir a la universidad.” He dreams all the time that
his children will one day go to college. If...
and a mix of English and Spanish to their parents. Alma’s mom recognizes the value of acquiring
two languages and has learned English through her children. She has also learned English
through her job and finds it an asset to speak English...
home. Both high and low ELLs received homework help from family members on a regular
basis, which included parents, cousins, aunts, and grandparents. These averages were based on a
5-point scale: never = 1, rarely = 2, sometimes = 3, most of the...
Which Family Members Read to You?
Grandparent Brother Sister Aunt/Uncle Cousin Other
High ELL 25% 13% 25% 13% 13%
Low ELL 13% 13% 25% 38%
In Table 5, the percentages of literacy activities in the home from the parents’ perspective
Quantitative Data: Language and Literacy in the School
All of the high ELLs preferred to speak only English with their peers at school. More
than half of low ELLs preferred to speak both English and Spanish (see Table 6). The majority of
column 2, the averages of parents visiting the public library was measured on a 4-point scale:
never = 1, once per year = 2, once per month = 3, once per week = 4. Parents of high ELLs go to
the family center more often and are 69% more likely...
ELL parents. Table 9 presents averages of ELL parents’ attitudes toward literacy. Both columns
1 and 2 were measured on a 4-point scale: do not like it at all = 1, it is okay = 2, I like it = 3, and
I love it = 4. In general, both sets of...
This chapter is outlined by first revisiting the problem and issues and why they are
important to this final discussion. Next, the similarities and differences between the results of
this study and that of others are...
English classes. Parents with low-literate children spoke only their native Spanish during the
home visit interview and never mentioned that they were learning English. All parents
interviewed for the home visits were either from Mexico or...
century students experience literacy, especially linguistically diverse students from low-SES
households. Nearly every parent marked they had a home computer with access to the Internet,
and more than half the students marked that they used...
from a variety of schools within Washington County School District, or even within the entire
state of Utah, were beyond the scope of this investigation but would have helped to add more
insight with the results.
Parent and Student Surveys in English and Spanish
Purpose: Ms. Berglund would like to improve her teaching practices by connecting and relating to literacy experiences in the home and
community. Please fill out this...
11. Do siblings in the
home help each other
12. What types of reading
materials do you have in
the home? (Circle all that
Newspapers Books Other
13. Where do you...