Spanish Adolescence Education major Caitlin Zaremski will present on April 13th on “SUNY Undergraduates Shaping New York’s Future: A Showcase of Scholarly Posters at the Capitol”. These are the Abstract of her presentation and the poster:
English Only or Bilingual: A Socioloinguistic Analysis of two NYS Schools Serving High Numbers of Students Learning English as their Second Language.
Caitlin Zaremski with Faculty Sponsor Dr. Kate Mahoney
This study took place in two separate urban schools in New York: one in Western New York and the other in Central New York. One school used a Two Way Immersion (TWI) Bilingual Education approach and the other school used an English Only Pull-Out approach to address students learning English as their second language (ELLs). The research question was how do the schools differ sociolinguistially? Methods of data collection included observations, policy analysis, and interviews. Data gathered in this study supports the idea that bilingual programming develops the student's home language to benefit the student both academically and linguistically. Programming in only English showed little to no evidence of valuing the home language at school. Research results like this can shape the future New York by promoting enriching programs for ELLs.