Education K-12 M.A.

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Year Approved


First Advisor

Silmser, Lisa

Second Reader

Nathan Elliot


This literature review discusses the increasing number of English Language Learners (ELLs) in the United States and the shortage of qualified teachers to support them. The author reviews relevant literature to explore the relationship between teachers' perceptions and attitudes toward ELLs and their academic success. The research data shows that teachers' positive perceptions and attitudes toward ELLs positively impact their academic achievement. In contrast, negative perceptions and attitudes can seriously damage ELLs' academic, social, and emotional trajectories. The author emphasizes the importance of creating a supportive learning environment that values diversity and recognizes ELLs' linguistic and cultural strengths to promote positive perceptions and attitudes. The passage also discusses how a strong sense of belonging in a school or academic setting can positively impact an ELL's academic success and motivation. Studies have shown that students who feel a strong sense of belonging in their school community are more likely to attend school regularly, engage in class, and perform better on assessments.

Degree Name

Education K-12 M.A.

Document Type

Masterʼs thesis