Translation strategies are being used to help English Language Learners
Sarah R. Edwards Moore, Susquehanna University (United States)
The future of education will include helping educators connect with the growing number of English Language Learners that are entering school systems around the world. In the United States, tutoring programs are being implemented to help English Language Learners (ELLs). The tutoring programs are being used to help ELLs have greater academic success in their content classes such as reading, math, and writing. This case study examines a practice tutors used when working with adolescent ELLs in one-on-one sessions. The case study is qualitative and the methods for collecting data include observations, interviews, field notes, and tutoring reflection logs. Three tutors were observed in the study working with 34 ELL adolescent students over the course of 7 weeks. One tutoring practice that was used, translation strategies, proved to effectively support academic progress within the tutoring session. Implications are discussed in regards to how this study is related to helping all educators work with the growing number of ELLs that are entering elementary and high school classrooms around the world.