According to the most recent figures available from the U.S. Department of Education, there were 4.7 million students classified as “English language learners,” or about 10% of children enrolled in the 2009-10 school year. Additionally, just 3% of eighth-grade English learners scored “proficient” or above in a nationwide reading exam, and graduation rates are less than 60% in several states, according to federal data. While many disagree on the best way to address these statistics, there is agreement that something needs to be done.
However, preparing for and teaching a multi-language classroom, whether bilingual, dual-immersion, or English language acquisition/development (ELA/ELD) focused, can be a challenge. Time, resources, parental support, and availability of qualified teachers are just a few of the many issues we face as we work to address the new normal.
In a secondary English language arts classroom in particular, teachers typically have access to a class set of texts in English. This leaves the teacher to hunt for Spanish translations and resources to make the text engaging for students who may otherwise struggle due to language barriers, or simply leave the specific needs of a portion of the classroom unaddressed.
In an effort to keep all students on track and prepared for success, StudySync® is removing the barrier of Spanish text access, allowing teachers to focus their time on teaching their students rather than refining their internet search skills.
Here are the lessons available in both English and Spanish within StudySync, with additional titles being added between now and June 2016:
To locate these lessons within StudySync, visit the Library tab and use the “Spanish Text” filter located in the left hand margin. These Spanish titles include introductions, reads, vocabulary, and Think questions in Spanish to provide teachers with the rich resources they need to set their students up for success, regardless of language.