“To have another language is to possess a second soul.”
Bilingualism is a gift. Some are fortunate enough to have been born into multilingual households; some, like myself and my students, learn new languages at school.
My students have the chance to start learning their second language as early as four years old thanks to our school's French immersion program. Being a French school means needing reading and intervention materials in French, which can sometimes mean ordering books from France or Canada - at great expense.
I want my students who struggle with reading to have access to a whole library of French ebooks with dyslexic-specific font that are accompanied by narration. I want all of my students, upon finishing their work, to be able to deepen their understanding of French phonics and thus be able to spell fluidly. These are things we work on in class, but everyone benefits from a little extra help!
Please consider donating to my students - to inspire a love of reading in not one but two languages!
I have used the apps Dicomino and Vocabulynx to help students work on their French phonics, making it easier for them to make the link between letters and sounds.
In the past, I've used the French app J'aime Lire Store for reading enrichment, both for my struggling readers and for my avid readers.
The e-books are much more affordable than physical books from France, and many of them are accompanied with glossary links and narration by native French-speakers.
We also often use Google Translate to translate from English to French when we do free writing. The talk-to-text feature is especially useful for students who struggle with spelling (which makes looking up words in the dictionary a bit difficult!). This encourages independence and teaches technological literacy.
These are only a few examples of the ways I've used iPads in my class!
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