Honors Program Theses


Open Access Honors Program Thesis

First Advisor

Hilal Ergül, Honors Thesis Advisor, Department of Languages and Literatures


This study is a qualitative analysis of the current use(s) of affective-based color theory for social-emotional and academic-related assistance within language classrooms. Current and past literature support the important and effective nature of a learner’s environment in relation to information acquisition and retention (Krashen, 1982; Maslow, 1970b; Perry, 2006). This research is significant within the language teaching field as it stands to summarize the external challenges that emergent bilingual students are facing as well as contextualize their learning environment with respect to the use of visual cues to promote both the students’ social-emotional wellbeing and academic success. Data was collected from teachers of emergent bilingual students working within K-12 public schools within Iowa and surrounding states via an online survey in addition to in-person interviews with select participants. Findings indicate that the majority of educators work to curate the ideal mood within their classroom using colorful materials and furniture, and many educators reported implementing color-based strategies for organization and coding of academic information. Additional findings noted teachers’ intention to foster a holistic classroom community as well as establishing a consistent and balanced classroom that is exciting but not overwhelming to learners.

Year of Submission



Department of Languages and Literatures

University Honors Designation

A thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the designation University Honors

Date Original


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