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Posted on October 12, 2015 5:37 pm
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uhaBeJ
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Spanish in the Classroom
I have 14 ESOL kids in my classroom. Most of them still speak Spanish at home. I have noticed that they also speak in Spanish at school w hen they are interacting with one another. Does this isolate my English speakers? Each of these students in capable of speaking English and do so during instruction. Is it ok to allow them to continue to speak in Spanish?
 
     
     
 
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Posted October 14, 2015 2:55 am

anaRyn
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This is a challenging scenario. It would be great for you to know at what stage of ESOL they are. If this is their first, second, or even third year of learning English as a second language, although they speak English well, they may not be ready to communicate fully in English yet. At this stage of language acquisition, they feel more comfortable talking in their native language. I am a native Spanish speaker and also a World Languages teacher, and familiar with the stages of language acquisition having gone through this myself as a middle school student. I would recommend designating times for your students to interact socially, in a group setting as they learn through cooperative groups where they can interact about what they are learning in your class. At the same time, I would recommend that you establish a procedure with the entire class, that when you have class discussions, or peer work with students that don't speak the ELLs native language, all students use English because it is kind to include all in the conversation.
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neHaGy
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If I were in this situation, I would exactly do this
  Posted on: October 16, 2015 6:19 pm

Kristen OBryant
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I would do this. Adding more group activities to be completed in English is a great idea.
  Posted on: October 18, 2016 12:59 am

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Solution 2
Posted October 12, 2015 11:52 pm

uzyHeJ
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Yes, definitely let them continue to speak Spanish in the classroom. As a way to include English speakers, you could have the Spanish speakers teach them some Spanish words and phrases so they can be included too.
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anaRyn
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Yes, teaching the English speakers basic vocabulary from the ELLs' native language is a great idea to help students enjoy learning from each others culture and all students feel welcome.
  Posted on: October 14, 2015 2:57 am

Sarah Drake
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Students who master their native language often more easily learn a new language!
  Posted on: October 14, 2015 12:20 pm

neHaGy
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Great ideas!
  Posted on: October 16, 2015 6:19 pm

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Posted March 1, 2016 1:29 pm

Beqena
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I think it is perfectly okay to allow them to do so. If that is the language they are most comfortable with they should be allowed to speak it. The classroom may be overwhelming for them with many things beyond their control so them speaking Spanish is also a way for them to maintain normalcy and a sense of control.
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Posted July 11, 2016 3:05 am

PuWupe
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I remember when I came to the USA and I had my ESOL class, must of us were Spanish speakers and two Korean girls. The teacher was very hard on us about speaking in Spanish during class time, but my classmate did not care about it.
All I can say is that the more your students practice english, the faster they will get to being fluent at it. I personally sticked to practicing and listening to the teacher because I wanted to be able to communicate in English as soon as I could.
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Posted October 16, 2016 6:34 pm

gyVyPe
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I think it is okay for the students to interact with each other and speak their native language. It is important to let other languages be apart of the classroom to show the student's different diversity and a comfortable environment. I believe that during some points in the classroom to maybe just have English being spoken and practiced by the students.
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