Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Counseling opportunities for English Language Learner students in high school
by Kim, Cathleen Phimorong, M.S., California State University, Long Beach, 2009, 149; 1472302
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of this study is to explore what types of counseling opportunities are available for English Language Learner (ELL) students in a California high school. This study provides insight into what three high school counselors are doing to help English Language Learners meet the same academic standards and college preparedness as native English speakers.

The researcher focused on 11th and 12th grade ELL students. Although there were 75 students enrolled in ELL classes, only 24 turned in their parent consent and student assent forms to do the student survey portion of this study. The majority of the students, from their responses on the student survey, know who their counselor is and where the counselor's office is located. However, regarding post-secondary questions, the majority indicated they did not know what the requirements were to get into the University of California or California State University.

Three grade level counselors were interviewed. The 12th grade counselor is also one of the ELD coordinators, and the other two are the 11th grade counselors. In the interviews, some common themes were gleaned in how the counselors work with ELL students and the challenges they face in helping this population.

In future studies, larger samples are recommended. The results from this study suggest the need to have more resources and training for school counselors to help them work more effectively with ELL student populations.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Symcox, Linda
School: California State University, Long Beach
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 48/02M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: School counseling, Secondary education
Publication Number: 1472302
ISBN: 978-1-109-47242-4
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