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Materials in Spanish for Bilingual Programs

booksI’ve written in the past that it is sometimes difficult to find materials in another language in many bilingual programs. If we don’t even have access to some of the core materials in Spanish (e.g. see my post here), it is sometimes even harder to find supplemental materials in Spanish. So, I figured I would jot down a couple of resources where teachers in bilingual programs (as well as teachers in Mainstream programs who would like to provide primary language support) can easily find affordable supplemental resources in Spanish.

Lectorum: The Lectorum website says, “Si es en español, ¡lo tenemos¡ If it’s in Spanish, we have it!”. And I believe it because this is my number one resource for materials in Spanish! Lectorum is a part of the Scholastic company, which provides many materials in both English and Spanish. You can find a lot of authentic literature in Spanish from various countries of Latin America on the Lectorum website. They have a great catalogue that you can request online, which they will mail to you. You can find fiction, non-fiction, authentic Spanish materials, translated materials, reference materials (i.e., dictionaries, thesaurus, etc). The catalogue is organized by themes, grade levels, authors, etc. Lectorum is a valuable resource for any bilingual teacher or parent who is looking for resources in Spanish. The materials can be ordered through Lectorum, or the catalogue can be used to identify books that can be bought elsewhere.

Scholastic News (Spanish/English): For approximately $4.00 or so, you can order 18 issues Spanish mini-newspaper for students which comes in Spanish and English. Scholastic news provides literacy connections to Science, Social Studies and current events. It’s been my experience that students really enjoy the pictures and information in the magazine. The magazine also provides home-school connections.

Weston Woods Multilingual Videos (Scholastic): Various videos in Spanish, French, Japanese and Mandarin Chinese.

Spanish Reading Comprehension Reproducibles/Blackline Masters: There are a number of Spanish reading comprehension reproducible books that can be used by teachers as blackline masters or can be used at home on an individual basis for students who are learning Spanish at home. When I was a classroom teacher, I always struggled with having enough books in Spanish for students to take home and read at home. The way that I solved the problem was that I would purchase the reading comprehension practice booklets, which have a reading passage as well as comprehension questions and often extension activities. I really enjoyed the “Read and Understand” series!

Later I will post additional resources, but I hope you find these materials useful!! If there happens to be a publisher or representative reading this post who would like to donate something that we can raffle off to readers, please leave a comment or contact me at multilingualmania@yahoo.com.

Categories: Bilingual Education
  1. fraziertoo
    July 21, 2009 at 12:36 pm

    Thanks so much for posting these resources! It is so hard so search through everything online and find the good stuff. 🙂

  2. multilingualmania
    July 21, 2009 at 8:43 pm

    No problema! I am planning on adding more soon!!!

  3. marielmota
    August 6, 2009 at 1:57 pm

    A great resource for Bilingual and Spanish books is Scholastic Club Leo. You can see the selection here:

  4. Deirdre Casey
    August 7, 2009 at 8:16 am

    Some other Spanish and bilingual material from Scholastic you might not be aware of are: the online version of La Enciclopedia Cumbre (ask your media specialist about it) and the newly released Expert Space research tool, which includes Spanish translations of core articles in 100 different curriculum-correlated topics.

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