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 RandallCoordinator of Multilingual Learning, Denison UniversityGranville, OH
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 Link: https://lp.babbel.com/d/ENG_index.html?bsc=aw6b_engall&btp=default&gclid=Cj0KEQjwk-jGBRCbxoPLld_bp-IBEiQAgJaftYqD6NML3DVIk2nF730J3VYCvkU3Idjr_K5fNqOiOkIaAj3x8P8HAQ&l2=ALL
---------------- MerriLee Leonard M.A.Ed., TESL University Teacher United States ------------------
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:
- French/Haitian Creole
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-------------MerriLee LeonardM.A.Ed., TESLUniversity TeacherUnited States--------------