Date of Graduation

Winter 12-15-2017

Document Access

Project/Capstone - Global access

Degree Name

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


School of Education


Teaching English as a Second Language

First Advisor

Dr. Sedique Popal

Second Advisor

Dr. Luz Navarrette


Currently, the state of California has 1,332,405 students from grades k-12 who speak a language other than English at home (Caledfacts, 2016). When I started my first year teaching fifth grade with 95% of my students being English language learners (ELLs), I was surprised to see an achievement gap of two to three years in my student’s reading and math skills. I found that my student’s developmental language and math skills contributed to a lack of engagement during math time. Upon further research, I found that these three factors play a role in the wide achievement gaps between ELLs and Native English speakers: 1) developmental English Language skills (Soto-Hinman, 2012) and 2) developmental math skills (Starkey, Aber, and Johnston 2016), both of which result in 3) a lack of student engagement in math (Attard, 2014). This field project is a multiplication review workbook for students which consists of 39 pages with six engaging lessons. The workbook allows students to develop language skills to help them understand the concept of multiplication. The workbook is comprised of six lessons that focus on the key components of multiplying: repeated addition, equal groups, make and array, use a number line, 1 digit by 1 digit and 2 digit by 1 digit. Each lesson integrates an overview of a vocabulary word which is the concept of the lesson. Students will be able to practice their oral language development as they deepen their understanding of essential math content.