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Running Head: Issues Regarding English as a Second Action Research Proposal 1

Issues Regarding English as a Second Language Student in the Classroom Clifford J. Thomas
Grand Canyon University UNV 530
July 18, 2012

Running Head: Issues Regarding English as a Second Action Research Proposal 2

Table of Contents

Abstract……………………………………………………Page Introduction……………………………………………… Page Problem Statement and Research Question……………… Page Methodology………………………………………………Page Setting and Sample Population……………………………Page Data Collection and Procedures…………………………...Page Intervention Plan…………………………………………..Page Conclusion and Recommendations………………………..Page Annotated Bibliography…………………………………...Page References…………………………………………………Page

Issues Regarding English as a Second Action Research Proposal 3 Abstract:
The issue of Immersing English as a Second Language and English Language Learners into the general education classroom has caused many concerns to educators, parents and administrators. These factors range from respect for these students economic backgrounds, cultures and beliefs to the teachers not being fully trained to handle these students, schools and teachers not having access to necessary resources to adequately teach these students, the placement of students with various languages in one classroom setting, to finally the curriculum the school or district has adopted is not efficient for the students learning ability. The mainstreaming of students into regular classrooms began with the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 which states that disadvantage students have the same access and the same quality of education as the rest of the students in the country in which they are receiving their education. This law also provides the foundation for the non-native students entering foreign countries. Introduction:

Few students in the United States read at a level that is neither acceptable nor appropriate for their age and grade level. According to National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) scores, roughly one-third of U.S. students read at or above the proficient level, one-third read at the basic level, and one-third read at the below basic level (Rampey, Dion, & Donahue, 2009). Succinctly put, two of every three students in U.S. schools have reading proficiencies below the level needed to adequately do grade-level work (Allington, R. L. 2011). The United States has become a country were many ethnicities are calling home. Over the past five years alone the, the population of nonnative citizens in the United States was 12.5 percent or 38,517,234 of the entire population of the United States. From 2009 through 2012, the number of non native ethnicities living in the United States has constantly increased by a minimum of 1.5 percent. As of today, there are over five million non native or students speaking English as a Second Language enrolled in American classrooms. Statically speaking, this 57 percent increase in the last five years. Moreover, these students come from poor families and are more susceptible to be on free or reduced lunch. The educational background of their families is significantly lower than the population of the homeland population. Given this outstanding fact, it is highly likely that all teachers in the United States will have a non English speaking student in their classroom that will not have developed the academic language to adequately access the content of the classroom. Most of these teachers will not have these teachers will not have the training to provide a high quality education for these students.

Issues Regarding English as a Second Action Research Proposal 4 Problem Statement and Research Question:

The primary focus of this research is to uncover educational...
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