In my previous blog post “Lost in Translation” I discussed the many unexpected benefits of maintaining first language — and what might be lost if we do not. Moving from the lost, to the found, I offer these free websites as possible tools we can use to build a multilingual framework in our classrooms. The following links contain books, articles, and guides translated into many languages. A good number of these websites have audio functions built into them, allowing students to listen to content in both English and home languages. For those that do not, opening them on an iPad and using the accessibility “speak” function will usually allow audio readings in most languages.
Unite for Literacy
ERGO Live Well Books
BBC News in Your Language
World Wildlife WWF
Canada Food Guide Multiple Languages
United Nations Global Issues
At the time of posting, all of these websites were up and running. May they continue to be for many years to come.