Preservice Teachers’ Clinical Experience With ESL Literacy Instruction via Popular Culture


The purpose of this virtual presentation is to highlight how one small liberal arts university in the United States' Midwest partnered with a local school district to support preservice teachers' understanding of ESL engagement techniques. This partnership provided opportunities for preservice teachers to gain valuable experiences with planning and implementing writing lessons focused on English language learners in an elementary setting. Preservice teachers took one undergraduate literacy class focused on writing methods held on the elementary school campus which allowed them to learn concepts during the first part of the class and then implement new understandings with elementary students during the second part of class. Students’ were surveyed by preservice teachers regarding home-based literacy and fandoms which were then considered during lesson development through the incorporation and support of popular culture. Popular culture themes chosen by elementary students to be used as mentor texts for writing instruction included graphic novels, cartoons, television programs, and movies. An outline of the development, implementation, and outcomes associated with these experiences will be discussed.

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Leslie Haas, Buena Vista University, United States
Jill Tussey, Buena Vista University, United States

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Conference: SEACE2021
Stream: Foreign Languages Education & Applied Linguistics (including ESL/TESL/TEFL)

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