Spanish Immersion Program at Washington STEAM Thrives Amid COVID-19 School Closures
While students and teachers across the country adjust to the new reality of virtual and online learning, students in the dual language immersion program (DLIP) at Washington STEAM are continuing to develop and strengthen their Spanish abilities as if they were still in the classroom. Through the use of various apps and platforms, such as YouTube, FlipGrid, Loom and Google Meet/Hangout Live, teachers have been able to continue delivering authentic instruction to students in the target language, while also addressing students’ social emotional needs. Students continue to enhance their Spanish skills in each of the four main language domains: Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening.
⦁ Reading– Prior to school closures in PUSD, the 6th and 7th grade Spanish Language Arts students were well into a novel study. Through voice recording apps and teacher created Youtube channels, students have been able to continue reading and analyzing authentic Spanish texts from the comfort of their home.
⦁ Writing– DLIP students in PUSD take their respective History courses in the target language (Spanish). Therefore, during this historic time students are continuing to develop their Spanish academic language by creating their own primary source accounts en español. Students are documenting their weekly and daily experiences of going to the grocery store and having to find ways to keep busy indoors through this unprecedented time.
⦁ Speaking & Listening– Students are checking in with teachers and classmates via FlipGrid and Google Meet/Hangout Live in order to finetune their oral Spanish, while also enjoying social interactions in the time of physical social distancing. Students are able to orally share a daily or weekly report on their thoughts and feelings during this time. DLIP teachers and students alike have been listening to each other’s accounts and providing feedback, advice, and an overall safe space for students to continue to build community in Spanish.
Washington STEAM serves students in grades 6-8. It is closed through May 5th in response to COVID-19; however virtual tours are available online at pusd.us/WSMATours.