In some states World Languages are completely optional, while in other states it’s becoming required to complete a certain amount in order to graduate high school. My current school is the former, and usually the mindset at my school is that Spanish classes are for college-geared students. However, this year I have more lower levels than I did last year. One in particular has a 2nd grade reading level.
As I don’t have children of my own or nieces/nephews, nor have I taught this level, I do not quite know what that looks like. What does a second grader read like? Well, whatever that looks like, those second graders read better than one of my Spanish 1 students. I’ve never seen his IEP, and while the special education department claims him I’m not sure if he legally has an IEP.
Either way, I need a way to accommodate this student to help him succeed. I’ve been thinking about having a voice recording that follows along with the story. I recently read a blog post about how one teacher set up her Google Docs to allow a Voice Comment. It was pretty neat, so I tried it out. I pulled up the Google Doc that had the quiz typed up and then I recorded myself reading the story. To listen, you open the Google Document and play the audio back. I like this for a couple of reasons: (1) I don’t have to download software onto my computer to record my voice, (2) I can share the document with other teachers, so the student is able to take the quiz with other teachers and not feel embarrassed; (3) the student can re-read and re-listen to the text as often as needed.
The hard-core academic in me says that this student won’t actually be reading. The new, rejuvenated teacher in me think I need to do what I can to help this student. So I’m curious. Is this an easy out for the student and/or myself? Are there other better methods out there to assess struggling readers in a World Language? I’d love to hear other teachers’ commentary!