Education Quarterly Reviews
Published: 01 June 2021
Applying Universal Design for Learning to Center for English as a Second Language
Karwan Kakabra Kakamad, Zana Hasan Babakr, Pakstan Faiq Mohamedami
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Keywords: ESL, UDL, English Language Learning
This paper investigated the possibility of applying Universal Design for English Language Learning. Throughout the paper, both quantitative and qualitative methods were used for data collection. The students were first asked to critique the ESL program using a methodology created by Paulo Freire to ascertain how much freedom students have in creating their learning environments and establishing their own learning goals and objectives. The results showed that the majority of students rated the ESL program very low regarding their ability to influence the program's curriculum materials or learning outcomes. Moreover, the research shows that the majority of students did not believe they were adequately prepared for graduate-level studies in the University upon completion of the ESL program. As a result of these findings, several recommendations are made about creating more opportunities for individual students to use UDL principles to control their learning environments and establish their own learning goals and objectives.
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