The Common Core State Standards, English Language Learners and Foreign Language Learning: How Hard Is It to Align Them?
We have been hearing a lot about Common Core lately, that’s for sure. For teachers of Spanish, other foreign languages or English Language Learners (ELL), the standards imply some extra challenges: the learning of a new target language and testing proficiency. Our group is trying to help teachers by presenting ways to locate resources that may help on the web. We want to present the website (bilingual, Spanish/English) Colorín Colorado (http://www.colorincolorado.org/index.php?langswitch=en ).
For Spanish teachers, foreign language teachers and English Language Learning, this site has multimedia resources with live modules featuring teachers from Albuquerque, New Mexico, that can be accessed via
http://www.colorincolorado.org/educators/common_core/classroom/video/pd/ to listen to teachers explore how to align ELL teaching with the Common Core State Standards.
Something that perhaps we can start with is getting to know first the Common Core State Standards. This site has some key information written by a ELL teacher, http://www.colorincolorado.org/educators/common_core/introduction/ . This site, http://www.colorincolorado.org/educators/common_core/resources/ , presents some resources on how to implement the common core standards in different states and classrooms.