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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?
Solution: (Rates are posted for this solution!)
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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The suggested solution is respectful of the individual (student) Yes
The suggested solution is relevant to the case Yes
The suggested solution is reasonable (easy) for the teacher to implement Yes
The suggested solution is likely to solve the problem/issue Yes
The suggested solution is original Yes
Comments: Allowing ESOL students to continue to speak in their language is a must.
Rated On: October 18, 2015 5:59 pm
Rated By: yJeXad
 
     
     
  Rating
The suggested solution is respectful of the individual (student) Yes
The suggested solution is relevant to the case Yes
The suggested solution is reasonable (easy) for the teacher to implement Yes
The suggested solution is likely to solve the problem/issue Yes
The suggested solution is original Yes
Comments: I see both benefits and drawbacks of this. While it is important for the continued use of Spanish in the classroom by these 14 students because they don't want to lose their cultural identities, it is also important that they interact with the other kids. I think that as long as everyone is participating and interacting with each other, there is no harm.
Rated On: October 18, 2015 6:11 pm
Rated By: Hedese
 
     
     
  Rating
The suggested solution is respectful of the individual (student) Yes
The suggested solution is relevant to the case Yes
The suggested solution is reasonable (easy) for the teacher to implement Yes
The suggested solution is likely to solve the problem/issue No
The suggested solution is original Yes
Comments: The Spanish speakers at my elementary school do this all the time! It's a fun way to introduce the class to a different culture and makes the monolingual students feel included. I'm not sure a few key phrases would be enough the solve the issue of exclusion the poster is talking about though.
Rated On: October 20, 2015 8:38 pm
Rated By: yheGaQ
 
     
     
  Rating
The suggested solution is respectful of the individual (student) Yes
The suggested solution is relevant to the case Yes
The suggested solution is reasonable (easy) for the teacher to implement Yes
The suggested solution is likely to solve the problem/issue Yes
The suggested solution is original Yes
Comments: If I were in this situation, I would exactly do this.
Rated On: October 20, 2015 11:38 pm
Rated By: RuTemu
 
     
     
  Rating
The suggested solution is respectful of the individual (student) Yes
The suggested solution is relevant to the case Yes
The suggested solution is reasonable (easy) for the teacher to implement Yes
The suggested solution is likely to solve the problem/issue Yes
The suggested solution is original Yes
Comments: If I were in this situation, I would exactly do this
Rated On: March 7, 2016 4:56 pm
Rated By: eRyber
 
     
     
  Rating
The suggested solution is respectful of the individual (student) No
The suggested solution is relevant to the case No
The suggested solution is reasonable (easy) for the teacher to implement No
The suggested solution is likely to solve the problem/issue No
The suggested solution is original No
Comments: I do not like the idea of having to teach spanish to the english speakers. If they choose to do that among themselves, then that is great! But that is not how you should choose to handle things in your classroom.
Rated On: March 3, 2017 5:40 pm
Rated By: juduje
 
     
     
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The suggested solution is respectful of the individual (student) Yes
The suggested solution is relevant to the case Yes
The suggested solution is reasonable (easy) for the teacher to implement Yes
The suggested solution is likely to solve the problem/issue Yes
The suggested solution is original Yes
Comments: This is a good solution, but would need to be monitored well.
Rated On: March 4, 2017 9:12 pm
Rated By: uheVaX
 
     
     
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The suggested solution is respectful of the individual (student) No
The suggested solution is relevant to the case No
The suggested solution is reasonable (easy) for the teacher to implement No
The suggested solution is likely to solve the problem/issue No
The suggested solution is original No
Comments: I wouldn't do this because they are supposed to be learning English. If they keep speaking Spanish they will never improve. And it's unfair for the English speakers.
Rated On: October 10, 2017 10:41 pm
Rated By: reLuWe
 
     
     
  Rating
The suggested solution is respectful of the individual (student) No
The suggested solution is relevant to the case No
The suggested solution is reasonable (easy) for the teacher to implement No
The suggested solution is likely to solve the problem/issue No
The suggested solution is original No
Comments: I disagree. It's okay to speak Spanish at home, but they're trying to learn English in school, so they need to speak English in school.
Rated On: October 11, 2017 1:13 am
Rated By: aduNaQ
 
     
     
  Rating
The suggested solution is respectful of the individual (student) Yes
The suggested solution is relevant to the case Yes
The suggested solution is reasonable (easy) for the teacher to implement Yes
The suggested solution is likely to solve the problem/issue Yes
The suggested solution is original Yes
Comments: I agree, isolating them to not speak their native language is counter productive to them needing to have freedom to express themselves.
Rated On: February 23, 2018 2:30 pm
Rated By: aJysah