This month’s Technology Spotlight is on Melissa Zúñiga, ELL Instructor at the NBHS Ninth Grade Center. Mother to a family of fellow Unicorns, Señora Zúñiga takes advantage of her strong bilingual background to provide a comfortable and engaging learning setting for her ELL students. The pride she exhibits as a Unicorn graduate herself is evident in the productive classroom environment one feels upon entering her classroom. Our ELL program is very fortunate to have Melissa leading the way on the challenging road of second language learning that all of her students face.
Melissa is one of many NGC instructors that use a variety of offerings of the Google Suite for some content delivery and online assessment. In addition to Google Classroom, Sra. Zúñiga takes full advantage of Google Forms and Sheets for tracking ELL individual tutorial time for her students and aides. Google Slides and Docs allow her to organize and deliver audio-visual content and create a user-friendly workflow to address her highly varied student needs.
Reducing learner anxiety is key to language acquisition! Interactive apps such as FlipGrid are perfect for getting ELL students to practice their English comprehension AND production. Users must not only understand the prompts (can be video, audio, or text!), but be able to respond in the target language in an interface that students can customize and enjoy using.
For reading practice, Sra. Zúñiga and her students maximize their comprehensible input with guided questions and easy to use student data generated by CommonLit.
As for real-world audio comprehension, Melissa works with the NGC Biology/ ELL instructor Mr. Avera to record his lessons so that students can review lectures at their own pace, asking questions to the ELL staff as necessary.
NBISD invests wisely in our ELL program. Each ELL student has an individual license to (arguably) the most effective online language learning program… Rosetta Stone!