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K-12 L1 materials for languages OTHER than Spanish

  • 1.  K-12 L1 materials for languages OTHER than Spanish

    Posted 25-03-2017 21:12
    Hello TESOL-ers,

    Can anyone direct me to materials, websites, organizations, or other valid resources where I can find K-12 materials in the L1 for any of the following languages (preferably CC-aligned, but if they aren't it's OK)?

    - Arabic
    - Urdu
    - Chinese
    - Vietnamese
    - Hmong
    - Korean
    - Filipino/Tagalog
    - Yiddish
    - French/Haitian Creole
    - German

    L1 materials are fairly easily to track down in Spanish, but not for the above languages. I am interested in finding these resources to help newcomers access content.

    Thank you!
    Maria

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    Maria Konkel
    Assessment Specialist
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  • 2.  RE: K-12 L1 materials for languages OTHER than Spanish

    Posted 27-03-2017 11:21

    Hi, Maria - 

    It might be best to ask this question locally, so that you can connect with people in your school, district, or community who can help you track down materials and integrate them effectively into the curriculum. As far as I know, the major US textbook companies don't offer non-English versions of the textbooks that are likely to be used in the average K-12 math classroom, history classroom, etc. This means that you'll have to look for trade books on the relevant topics published in the relevant languages or that you'll have to try to find textbooks used in countries where the target languages are spoken. In either case, you may end up with materials that don't fit well into the local curriculum, but you may have no way of judging the fit between materials and curriculum, unless you can work with a translator. Even with the assistance of a translator, choosing appropriate materials could be tricky. For example, I read German as well as I read English, and I know that I can order German school textbooks at butcher.de; even still, I'm not sure I would trust myself to choose textbooks that mesh well with the US curriculum at any given grade level.

    It might be easier to scaffold content instruction in English heavily and to supplement that instruction (for older students) with mini lessons on productive internet and/or library search techniques. This way, students will have the tools that they need to locate supplemental materials in the L1. For younger students, you might be able to rely on trade books published in the relevant languages. Your local public library may surprise you: the collection may include fiction and non-fiction reading for all ages in a variety of non-English languages. If not, you may want to work with members of the local bilingual communities as well as library staff at your school or at the local public library to build a collection that would support students' content learning in the L1. 

    Happy searching! 

    Lori Randall
    Coordinator of Multilingual Learning, Denison University
    Granville, OH



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    Lori Randall
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  • 3.  RE: K-12 L1 materials for languages OTHER than Spanish

    Posted 27-03-2017 13:20
    Ha! Foiled again by autocorrect! That German website should be buecher.de, not butcher.de! 


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    Lori Randall
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  • 4.  RE: K-12 L1 materials for languages OTHER than Spanish

    Posted 27-03-2017 22:33
    Hi,

    We have a page on the MATSOL website of Multilingual Literacy Resources - it includes links to some free online libraries with books in various languages, as well as information for parents about reading: http://www.matsol.org/multilingual-literacy-resources-for-parents

    I'd love to add more resources if anyone has them! We originally put it together for family literacy month.

    Helen

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    Helen Solorzano
    MATSOL (Massachusetts affiliate)
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  • 5.  RE: K-12 L1 materials for languages OTHER than Spanish

    Posted 28-03-2017 14:25

    Hi Maria!

    RE:  “Can anyone direct me to materials, websites, organizations, or other valid resources where I can find K-12 materials in the L1 for any of the following languages..”  Maria Konkel, Assessment Specialist

     

    Have you tried CD for each language you are wanting to obtain?   

    I don’t know if you have already checked-out a website called:  Babel.com.   It might not have all the languages you are looking for, but maybe useful for some that you need.  The European may not be that difficult to find, but the rest I’m sure could be! 

    I’m fully aware a Spanish CD is available to order—I have one for a beginner level.  I bought it for personal enrichment, but you may find the Southeast Asian languages to be not readily available and ordering CD might be your best bet! 

    Babel Linkhttps://lp.babbel.com/d/ENG_index.html?bsc=aw6b_engall&btp=default&gclid=Cj0KEQjwk-jGBRCbxoPLld_bp-IBEiQAgJaftYqD6NML3DVIk2nF730J3VYCvkU3Idjr_K5fNqOiOkIaAj3x8P8HAQ&l2=ALL

     

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    MerriLee Leonard
    M.A.Ed., TESL
    University Teacher
    United States
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  • 6.  RE: K-12 L1 materials for languages OTHER than Spanish

    Posted 29-03-2017 01:31
    The Oxford Bilingual Picture Dictionary....it has English/L2 in all of the languages you listed except Yiddish and German.  To be honest, I don't understand why they don't have those two languages.

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    John Atella
    Duluth ISD709
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  • 7.  RE: K-12 L1 materials for languages OTHER than Spanish

    Posted 29-03-2017 12:26
    Thanks to everyone for your input. Does anyone know specifically about high-school resources (a la Shakespeare in Vietnamese or the like)? 

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    Maria Konkel
    Assessment Specialist
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  • 8.  RE: K-12 L1 materials for languages OTHER than Spanish

    Posted 29-03-2017 15:27
    Hi, Maria,

    The immediate, go to source for basic materials in the languages you were asking about is the Oxford Picture Dictionary, which is available in 13 bilingual editions. The all English version has just been published in a third edition, but the second edition is available in the following languages: Arabic, Brazilian Portuguese, Chinese, Farsi, French, Haitian-Creole, Japanese, Korean, Russian, Spanish, Thai, Urdu, and Vietnamese.  There's quite a lot you can do with the OPD !




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    Joe McVeigh
    Middlebury, Vermont, USA
    joe@joemcveigh.org
    www.joemcveigh.org
    @JoeMcVeigh
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  • 9.  RE: K-12 L1 materials for languages OTHER than Spanish

    Posted 30-03-2017 09:02

    How are you doing, Maria!

    After reading everybody’s input on what you are looking for or need in your classroom [K-12]—for the following languages: 

     

    - Arabic

    - Urdu

    - Chinese

    - Vietnamese

    - Hmong

    - Korean

    - Filipino/Tagalog

    - Yiddish

    - French/Haitian Creole

    - German

     

    So not to run into a dead-end for you here and to be a help, you may want to consider The Rosetta Stone Language CD ROMs—at this time.  I’m aware of their products and you can order them online.  If you should consider using their CDs, I wonder if your employer/school could split the costs—they can be very pricey.

    Here’s the site:  rosettastone.com

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    MerriLee Leonard
    M.A.Ed., TESL
    University Teacher
    United States
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  • 10.  RE: K-12 L1 materials for languages OTHER than Spanish

    Posted 06-04-2017 04:04
    It has been my experience in K-12 settings that the content textbooks used in courses sometimes have translated glossaries and other supports for English Learners that are in languages other than Spanish.  I recall specifically that one high school algebra teacher was able to access teachers resources for his textbook that included translated glossaries of key concepts.     

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    Mary Kay Hughes
    ELL Teacher
    Colville School District
    United States
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