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News-O-Matic: Bilingual Current Events for BYOD Classrooms

September 18, 2016

Looking for bilingual current events article for you ELA or Social Studies classroom? You’ll want to check out the news articles from the team at News-O-Matic. Every single News-O-Matic article is in both English and Spanish. A native Spanish speaker translates each story before it’s published — complete with an audio voice recording. Users can toggle between English and Spanish by clicking the EN/ES button on a given article.

Bilingual Current Events

news-o-matic-bilingual-current-events-for-byod-classroomsThis allows native Spanish speakers and other English Language Learners the opportunity to build foundational knowledge on the topic and be able to participate, no matter how limited their English comprehension skills are. It also allows students to bridge the content by seeing side-by-side Spanish and English vocabulary that they can then use to participate and produce work.

Some teachers have used this feature to allow Spanish speakers to read the article in their native language first. The students use this first reading to gain background and develop a foundational knowledge by doing a close reading. Then the students can join the a reading group and participate with the English version of the text for ELA growth.

If you want to learn more about this awesome resource visit News-O-Matic’s website!

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