Date of Graduation

Spring 5-20-2016

Document Access

Project/Capstone - Global access

Degree Name

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


School of Education


International and Multicultural Education (IME)

First Advisor

Brad Washington, Ed.D.


English language learners (ELLs) comprise a large percentage of California’s

public school enrollment and are rapidly changing the cultural diversity landscape

within schools and communities. In rural California school districts where access to

funding and technology is severely lacking compared to larger districts, ELLs face

additional barriers to second language acquisition (SLA) and educational


This paper provides insight to educators on the socioeconomic status of Hispanic

ELL students in rural California and how this status affects their SLA and digital

literacy learning. Additionally, this paper provides a presentation for educators on

the steps they can take to establish an equal digital ‘playing field’ for ELLs in their

school districts. The presentation, Creating An Equitable Educational Technology

Plan for Elementary Hispanic ELLs in Rural California Communities, covers five

topics: a background on California Hispanic ELLs, creating access to digital

technology and resources, parental engagement, instructional and scaffolding

tools, and additional multi-media resources for educators and parents.