October 28, 2012

Translating the Common Core for Dual-Language Classrooms

From http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/learning-the-language/2012/10/translating_the_common_core_fo.html

Translating the Common Core for Dual-Language Classrooms
By Lesli A. Maxwell
October 23, 2012

When it comes to putting the new common standards into classroom practice, dual-language teachers must prepare and adapt their instructional strategies to teach the more-rigorous common standards in language arts and mathematics not only in English, but in a second language.

In many dual-language programs, particularly in the early grades, students are learning as much as 90 percent of their content in the target, non-English language.

So what does the common core look like in Spanish language arts, for example? Who is doing the kind of translation and modification that dual-language teachers need to bridge the language they are teaching in with the content standards? And where can dual-language teachers find more resources to help them?

There are a few efforts I've recently become aware of, and I'm sure many more exist. But here is what I've come across so far, and I'd encourage anyone with other resources to chip in.

Read the full article at http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/learning-the-language/2012/10/translating_the_common_core_fo.html

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