Because there is never enough time to do professional development with your staff, our “Supporting English Language Learners” Spark Deck provides 52 easy ideas for helping youth develop their reading, writing, speaking and listening abilities, while simultaneously building community and celebrating a diversity of cultures.
Designed to be used in afterschool and summer programs, the activities are appropriate for grades K-8. With a “Supporting English Language Learners” deck in hand, staff will have an array of ideas for ensuring that ALL participants, regardless of their language abilities, will thrive in your program.
Some examples from this deck:
- Invite youth to write stories in their native language. Then ask them to tell you, in English, what the story is about.
- Cut up lines of printed song lyrics. Now play the song and have youth try to put the lines in order as they listen.
- Teach youth to sing “Happy Birthday” in all of the native languages of your group. Whenever it is someone’s birthday, sing all the different versions!
At the end of program time, check-in with your staff to see if they used an activity. If so, how did it go? What did they learn? What did their group learn? If it didn’t work today, try it again tomorrow. What could they change to make it work better? You can use the Spark Decks Journal Page to help with this!