Asia-Pacific Forum on Science Learning and Teaching, Volume 7, Issue 2, Article 3 (Dec., 2006)
David D. KUMAR and Kimberly SCAROLA
Nanotechnology and Closed Captioned videos: Improving opportunities for teaching science to ESL students
In this twenty-first century, we live in a global society dominated by science and technology. With the ever-increasing demands from various business, industry and government sectors for improving science education, there are calls for extending science education to every student including students for whom English is a second language. In the United States, there is considerable support for research and development in nanotechnology as well as meeting the needs of English as a Second Language Learners (ESL) in the classroom. Integrating video technology as a part of classroom instruction is critical to helping ESL students visualize challenging science concepts. When Closed Captions are added to existing video technology, ESL students are offered an additional layer of contextual language support aiding comprehension of nanotechnology.
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