Date of Award


Degree Type

Thesis (On-Campus Access Only)

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)

First Advisor

Jacqueline Waggoner


This qualitative inquiry is characterized by field observations in the natural setting of an elementary level, Japanese immersion school. The observations included one fifth-grade classroom and one kindergarten classroom. The purpose was to discover what roles three strategies that I observed had in the comprehension of the Japanese language that took place in the kindergarten and fifth-grade
classrooms. Specifically, three categories of strategies that I observed while at the Japanese immersion school were oral language drills, music, and dramatization/ games.