Help me give my students the confidence and ability to speak to me in their own language and more importantly...let me be able to speak to them! This translator will minimize the awkwardness that middle school students face.
I teach 6th grade ELL students. I have about 12 students that speak only Spanish, there are 3 students that list Filipino as their primary language, and we have one student who only speaks Polish. All 97 of my students are bilingual and I am always trying to find better ways to ensure they feel welcome and comfortable in my classroom. I want to note that last year we had a family that only spoke French.
The population of the community where I teach is changing, and I want to make sure that I am always prepared to give every child a quality education.
My students are the most hardworking, fun, yet diverse group of students and I would love to be able to communicate with them in their own language. I can not learn several languages overnight and having a translator device would show them how much I appreciate their culture and individuality.
Middle school students already walk into a classroom uncomfortable with themselves and their environment. I am attempting to close the communication gap that may be present because they are new to this country and as an educator, I can not learn every language that I may encounter.
I can imagine how these students will feel when they know they can speak comfortably in their native language and I can reply.
I use a translator program to change texts and all of my assignments are on Google Classroom, however, we do not have a teacher that can speak every language at our school. This would allow me to speak to any student.
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