Implementing Multilingualism in the Classroom

Multilingualism should be welcomed and embraced in all classroom.  Within DLI and bilingual classroom, multilingualism should be reinforced through a variety of activities.  Also, I believe that it is valuable to discuss the many benefits of bilingualism with young people.  Below you will find a couple of activities and resources to be utilized in the classroom. 
 

 
Graphic Organizers:  
Graphic organizers are an important strategy in DLI classrooms.  The link below provides a variety of different graphic organizers in Spanish.   
 
Article: "Learning Centers in an Immersion Classroom"
Learning Centers promote the use of the target language in immersion classroom.  The article that is attached presents different learning
centers and their advantages.  (Attached as a PDF)
 
Website: BrianPop en Espanol
Brian Pop is an educational website that offers a variety of short videos that can be combined with different lessons. 
The attached link is the version in Spanish.  While all videos are not available for free, there are some valuable resources. 
 
 
Video: Famous Bilinguals
This is a wonderful short video that includes the name of famous people that are bilingual. 
 

Famous Bilinguals

 

Famous Bilinguals

This video can be useful to use with young people to discuss the importance of being bilingual. 
 
Word Reference - This is a useful website in a bilingual classroom as there may be times when you need a dictionary.  This is an excellent dictionary with multilingual options.
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Jaclyn Smith,
Aug 1, 2011, 2:57 PM
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