Setting Up After School Program: More than one class?
Hola! I'm am setting up an after school program at my middle school, where ELL students learning English and native speakers who want to learn Spanish can come and use Duolingo in a club setting. I'm going to get some funding from the district for incentives, but I need some advice.
I want the ELL kids to help the NS learn Spanish and the NS to help our ELL kids learn English. Can I have all the kids in one Duolingo class? Or should I (can I?) set up two Duolingo classrooms linked to Google Classroom? My concern is that the ELL kids will be learning English with Duolingo set to Spanish, but the NS will be learning Spanish with Duolingo set to English, and I want to be able to track everybody at once, and set up the learning games and competitions all through Duolingo.
I obviously can track things separately, but would like it as integrated as possible. Down the road, if this is successful, I want to be able to send it out to our other schools in the district. We are resource poor and our ELL population is growing, and without Duolingo, our ELL kids are basically being thrown in the deep end and asked to learn by "immersion" (i.e., "you're on your own kid").
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
Well... You wouldn't be able to integrate "Learning Spanish" and "Learning English" into one classroom, but maybe your students might feel there is enough of an overlap between "Translate this sentence" that they can all be in one Spanish class. Sure, you'll get some listening sentences, but maybe you can encourage your students who are already fluent in Spanish to hit the "can't listen now" button. Or just let them have the easy sentences.
The reason I suggest all in one Spanish class is because if you have any students who speak Spanish at home but have grown up in English-speaking schools, they will often have no clue how to spell Spanish, in particular how to use accents properly. So this would be good practice for them.
To integrate Duo into the classroom (if you want them playing on their computers during class time instead of talking to each other, which would of course be better), you have lots of opportunities to set up xp contests, timed contests, pretend game shows where you project Duo on the board, and many collaborative opportunities where you pair an EL learner with a Spanish learner to complete a task. I absolutely ADORE Duolingo stories, so you could have your kids translate one from Spanish to English, act it out, write new lines, add a character, etc.
Just my two cents. Good luck and have fun, Miguel!
Thanks! I am going to set it up in Google Classroom and have them help each other as they work on their own Duolingo assignments, so-to-speak. This is simply to supplement what they get in the classroom. Unfortunately, my school doesn't have the resources yet to have an actual ESOL classroom for our ELL kids, so anything we can do to help them along hopefully will have some impact. Plus I want to get all students excited about learning a language. The point about ELL kids not being able to spell in Spanish is very informative and helpful. My goal is more about promoting conversational and interpersonal skills and creating a positive school climate than what is expected in a language classroom.