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Curriculum

This section will showcase curriculum ideas, sample lesson plans, and classroom strategies that have proven effective in immersion classes. Click on the links to the websites listed here. If you have recommendations for this section, contact MAIN's webmaster.

Sample lesson plans for K-6 two-way Spanish immersion classrooms can be found at Dual U.

The following units and lessons come from the Content-based Language Teaching with Technology (CoBaLTT) website at the University of Minnesota. To view the website, click here.

Units

Lesson plans

Reading and listening to fairy tales

Listening to familiar familiar fairy tales  in multiple languages gives students the opportunity to compare and contrast vocabulary, grammatical features, or sounds. Metalinguistic discussions like these do not need to be restricted to older children.

The Northumberland Grid for Learning out of the United Kingdom has online resources such as fairy tales in four languages - French, German, Italian, and Spanish. Native speakers narrate the stories which children can listen to online. Pdf files of the stories can be printed out, or teachers may copy images from an image gallery for each story to save in other documents. Smart Notebook files are also available.

Language Biography

Iman Mefleh, ESL teacher at Minneapolis' Anwatin Middle School which houses a two-way immersion program, has her students fill out language biographies. She has found that even some of the most recalcitrant students love this personal, autobiographic activity.

She has offered to share her work with other immersion teachers here. You can translate the directions she has written in English into your immersion language and explore your students' language biographies.

Guidance for Spanish Language Arts in Dual Language Programs

A new resource is available from the Mid-Atlantic Equity Center (MAEC) and can be downloaded from their website. The Normas para la enseñanza de las artes del lenguaje en español is a collaboration of MAEC and the Bilingual Education Office of the District of Columbia Public Schools. According to the website, "The Normas are aligned to the Common Core Standards. They take into account the linguistic differences between the Spanish and English languages, and the methodological differences in Spanish and English literacy instruction and traditional Spanish literacy learning expectations. Most importantly, they delineate expectations for Spanish literacy development."


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