Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Education (MAE)



First Advisor

Elizabeth Madson Ankeny

Second Advisor

Gregory Krueger


The purpose of this qualitative study was to examine the effects of an oral language curriculum on student's reading development specifically in the areas of reading engagement, vocabulary and comprehension. Students in a second grade classroom participated in various oral language lessons. Throughout the lessons data was collected through observation and field notes. Data was also collected on student's oral language growth and reading development through formal assessment. From the data indicators of student growth in both oral language and reading were identified. The data indicated that the amount of student talk time had the greatest impact on student's oral language and reading growth. Oral language lessons were also shown to improve student's vocabulary, literal comprehension and confidence in their reading.


SC 11.MAE.2015.Sivongsay.S