Date of Graduation

Fall 12-12-2014

Document Type

Project

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

College/School

School of Education

Department/Program

Education

First Advisor

Professor Dr. Brad Washington

Abstract

Female English language learners (FELLs) are not taken under consideration when trying to attract new student populations to computer science fields. Frequently, females are studied cohesively without regard to their individual distinctions and challenges. This unique population has to overcome traditional gender perceptions and linguistic confronts when considering the field of computer science. This paper provides a practical four-hour workshop for novice teachers in high school that are eager to empower female English language learners (FELLs) that demonstrate potential or are interested in entering computer science fields. An overview of research within the last ten years is exhibited, which includes the current state of females in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields, female attitudes toward computers and computer science, science content instruction strategies for English language learners (ELLs), and blogging as an educational tool. The provided practical workshop curriculum considers the linguistic, cultural, and computational needs of FELLs as well as the role of the family in assisting FELLs in pursuing computer science fields. The outlined four-hour workshop catered toward novice teachers in high school includes blogging strategies that involve basic html coding exercises, pair, group, and whole member activities, and Internet research exercises. Upon completion of the workshop, novice teachers will be ready to encourage FELLs to enter computer science fields.