Helping language learning students access important content across courses can be supported with tech tools. However, it's important for teachers to understand that translation tools offer varying degrees of accuracy with that translation. Therefore, view these constantly improving tools as a supporting option to help students unlock basic, overarching concepts. The goal is to convey an understanding of the main message, while continuously encouraging students.
By the end of each ELP level, an EL can...
Work with your EL teachers to consider how a student's language level can guide developing a plan of support for language learners within your classroom.
* show emerging control of English when participating in grade appropriate classroom activities
* convey briefly sequenced and/or simply detailed information, using combinations of simple sentence structures and simple vocabulary
* show independent control of English when participating in grade appropriate classroom activities
* convey a complex sequence of events, ideas, opinions, and/or steps in a process, using a wide variety of complex and sophisticated, descriptive sentence structures and a wide vocabulary
* show limited control of English when participating in grade appropriate classroom activities
* convey simple information, using simply constructed phrases and sentences with a limited range of vocabulary
* show increasingly independent control of English when participating in grade appropriate classroom activities
*convey related events, ideas, and/or opinions, using multiple related paragraphs with increasingly complex, descriptive sentence structures and a wider vocabulary
* show developing control of English when participating in grade appropriate classroom activities
* use related paragraphs to convey related events, ideas, and/or opinions, using frequently occurring complex sentence structures and a developing vocabulary
Create a welcoming classroom environment celebrating student cultures through posters, artifacts, etc.
Teach students the academic content standards for all students
Engage students in higher-order thinking skills
Encourage the development of literacy skills and proficiency in the student's first language to facilitate English language acquisition
Accompany oral directions with written directions for student reference
Grade students according to achievement of standards rather than in comparison to other students' performance
Differentiate assessment according to students' language proficiency levels
Create performance-based assessments that enable students to demonstrate knowledge without language mastery
Educators and students now have multiple ways to access written information often shared with students in docs. First, we'll look at how to easily translate teacher-created docs for students. Then, we'll look at how students can scan and translate written docs, books, etc. to support themselves.
L1 (First Language) & L2 (Second Language) Incorporate plenty of visual support and scaffolds for reading-related activities. Do not expect students to get meaning from print
Translate a whole document 1. Translate a whole document 2. Select Review > Translate > Translate Document. 3. Select your language to see the translation. 4. Select Translate. A copy of the translated document will be opened in a separate window.
Translate selected text 1. In your document, highlight the text you want to translate. 2. Select Review > Translate > Translate Selection. 3. Select your language to see the translation. 4. Select Insert. The translated text will replace the text you highlighted in step 1.