Remote Learning Ideas for Multilingual and English Learner Students and Families

General Suggestions for Families

  • Talk with your children … in any language.
  • Read with your children … in any language.
  • Talk with your children about what you or they have read … in any language.
  • Work on any of the suggested activities in the FWCS weekly lessons, learning packets, and on teachers’ PowerSchool Learning LMS (Learning Management System). Many elementary school math activities are available in Spanish.

Student Resources

Audible Stories: stories.audible.com

Free while schools are closed. Listeners can access the site from their computers, tablets and smartphones and enjoy selections in six languages: English, Spanish, French, Italian, German and Japanese. There’s no login and no need to be an Audible member.

 

Learning Chocolate: www.learningchocolate.com

Designed to help students learn English, Japanese, Chinese (Mandarin), German or Spanish vocabulary in an easy, fun way. All of the exercises use pictures, sounds, and games to make learning a new language fun.

 

Duolingo: www.duolingo.com

Good for students who can read in their own language. Duolingo takes a functional approach by focusing on what learners actually want to do with a language. Lessons focus on a real-life goal — for instance, ordering at a restaurant. Learners develop the vocabulary and grammar needed to achieve that goal through varied practice in reading, writing, listening, and speaking.

 

ABCya: www.abcya.com

Provides over 400 fun and educational games for grades PreK through 6. Activities are designed by parents and educators, who understand that children learn better if they are having fun.

 

Games to Learn English: www.gamestolearnenglish.com

Simple game for learning basic English vocabulary. Primarily, it is aimed at English learners, but other learners may find it useful too. To play, just listen to the words and click on the matching images. The game gets faster as you progress and if you do not click quickly enough, then the game will end.

 

PBS Kids: www.pbskids.org

Television shows, games and activities geared towards younger children

 

Prongo: www.prongo.com

Fun, interactive, and educational games for kids. Prongo.com also offers iOS games, Android games, kids clip art, wallpaper, kids jokes, games, and more.

 

Online Picture Dictionary: www.opdome.com

Simple web app for reviewing or studying basic English, Spanish and Mandarin vocabulary items.

 

Favorite Websites for Multilingual Books Online

Unite for Literacy: www.uniteforliteracy.com

Books in over 45 languages, including many refugee languages and even some indigenous languages. Click “English” and you can change the written language and/or the audio language.

       

The Spanish Experiment, Spanish Children’s Stories: www.thespanishexperiment.com/stories

Well-known children’s stories translated into Spanish and read by a native Spanish speaker

        

International Children’s Digital Library: en.childrenslibrary.org/

Books in dozens of languages

 

Children’s Books Online, the Rosetta Project: www.childrensbooksonline.org/library-translations.htm

Links to a large selection of books in multiple languages

 

Global Storybooks Portal: https://globalstorybooks.net/

Free multilingual literacy resource for children and youth worldwide. Read, download, toggle, and listen to a wide variety of illustrated stories in dozens of languages.

 

Teacher and Family Resources

Colorín Colorado Reading Tip Sheets: https://www.colorincolorado.org/reading-tip-sheets-parents

Learn how families can support literacy at home, whether their children are babies, toddlers, preschoolers, or in elementary school. These tips are available in 13 languages.

 

ESL at Home: https://eslathome.edublogs.org/

An activity plan with fun ideas for students to do at home. It is in a daily calendar format and in multiple languages and broken down by grade ranges from Kindergarten to 8th grade. Choose English and scroll to the grade level range you would like.