Huntington UFSD students are enjoying an after school dual language program.

Huntington UFSD’s After School Dual Language Program a Hit

Huntington UFSD students are enjoying an after school dual language program.

December 23, 2021

The Huntington UFSD’s after school dual language program for youngsters in second through fifth grades has been a hit.

The initiative kicked off in November and will run through March. Over 70 students are participating in the program, with six classes using the Google Classroom platform.

“The purpose of the program is to strengthen students’ oral and written skills in Spanish,” said teacher Glenn Edwards, who serves as the dual language program coordinator.

Monthly themes have been established, including:

November: All About Me
December: Family Life and Celebrations
January: Sports/Games and Weather
February:  Food and Drinks
March: All Around My Community

“There is a focus on increasing vocabulary and phrases to support students during the school day,” Mr. Edwards said. “Speaking prompts are utilized to prepare for future foreign language assessments. There are technology apps to increase motivation, including Flipgrid, Nearpod, Google Slides and Google Jamboard. Interactive games, including Quizziz, Blooket, Kahoot are used to practice vocabulary.”

The initiative is making a difference in the academic lives of students. “The program has been welcomed by all dual language parents,” said Judy Goris Moroff, district director of world languages, dual language and English as a new language. “We hope to continue providing Spanish language support to students to who speak English at home.”

Program participants are enjoying the experience. “We’ve had positive feedback from parents, students and teachers,” Mr. Edwards said.