Building a Bilingual Community

 A community need is often found just down the street! Mount Vernon Community School is a bilingual school and the kindergarten teachers need support with transitioning students to activities in Spanish. This is where the English Language Learners at George Washington Middle School stepped in. The middle school students were mostly newcomers to the United States from Spanish speaking countries. While they were working hard to learn to read and write in English, they could be fantastic Spanish-speaking teaching assistants for the kindergarten teachers. The middle schoolers were able to assist with small group activities, read materials aloud to students and help re-direct little ones who got off topic.

Students: 6th, 7th and 8th grade English Language Learners at George Washington Middle School

Essential Question: How can I use the skills I already have to build relationships and literacy in the community?

Cohort member: Allyson Noble


English 7.1a The student will participate in and contribute to conversations, group discussions, and
oral presentations. Communicate ideas and information orally in an organized and succinct manner.

English 7.2b The student will identify and demonstrate the relationship between a speaker’s verbal
and nonverbal messages. Use nonverbal communication skills, such as eye contact, posture, and gestures
to enhance verbal communication skills

English 7.5 The student will read and demonstrate comprehension of a variety of fictional texts, narrative nonfiction, and poetry.