Date of Award


Document Type

Non Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Education




Early Childhood Education

Capstone Instructor

Barbara Schoenbeck

Second Reader

Lacey Wellens


early childhood education, storytelling, second language learners, emergent literacy, English language learners, ELL


An increasing number of linguistically and culturally diverse children are entering preschool programs and early childhood programs speaking a language at home other than English. The Pre-K period is a critical time for young children as they begin to make the transition from home to school. Many teachers have little or no training in second language acquisition and need guidance in understanding the process young children experience as they learn English as their second language. Given the increase in the demographics, culturally, and linguistically challenged classrooms, it is imperative that teachers have knowledge about second language acquisition and strategies for developing oral language proficiency. The purpose of this capstone is to develop a training manual to help educators understand and support language and emergent literacy skills in English language learners through storytelling.


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