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MS in Literacy Education




This study asks the question: how can the use of an iPad application be used to support English language learners vocabulary development? Technology can be used as an engaging, supplementary tool to foster vocabulary learning for ELLs. Research was conducted in Clark, New York (pseudonym) with a group of five ELL students and focused on vocabulary development; three students completed teacher-made worksheets and two students completed iPad activities. Three themes were found when conducting research: explicit instruction compared to the iPad, the use of visual and audio components to increase vocabulary knowledge, and differences in engagement and behavior. These findings call for teachers to create learning environments that focus on oral language skills to develop vocabulary and incorporate technological tools.

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