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Analysis of a U.S. Summer School Program and Implications for Remedial English Education

Chin-Wen Chien
Department of English Instruction, National Hsinchu University of Education No 521, Nando Road, Hsinchu City 330, Taiwan
Abstract :
Disadvantaged students such as English language learners (ELLs) need additional education 
and support to help them keep up with their English speaking peers. A summer school 
program was designed and provided for ELLs in a school district in a US northwest city in 
2010 and aimed to bridge the achievement gap. 
This study focuses on the implementation and instruction of a summer school program in a 
school district in a city in the US northwest. Based on the data analysis of interviews, 
documents, and classroom observations, three major findings were made: the unclear goals of 
the summer school, the limited information the teachers had about the ELLs, and varying 
teaching activities and language foci. Three suggestions about how to effectively implement 
summer school classes as elementary school remedial English education are provided.
Keywords :
English language learners (ELLs), goals, language foci, remedial education, student teacher, summer school, remedial education

Date Deposited : 25 Apr 2014 14:29

Last Modified : 25 Apr 2014 14:29

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Volume 1, Number 1, - 2013 , ISSN 2325-0887

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