Overview

A Word Wall should be ongoing; displaying key words that serve as a visual reference for students throughout a unit of study or term. The Word Wall should be easily manipulated by students, created and used by them with the teacher taking into consideration their instructional and linguistic needs. In a Dual Language classroom, Word Walls serve multiple linguistic purposes and they should not look like Word Walls in English because each language works differently. Their goal is to support the teaching of key words and subject-specific terminology, assist in creating independence in reading and writing in Spanish, provide visual clues and reference for language learners, and begin to understand how the language works.

Source: Adapted from Escamilla, K. (1999). Teaching literacy in Spanish. In R. D. V. J. T. (Eds.) (Ed.) The power of two languages 2000 (pp. 126-141). New York: Macmillan/McGraw-Hill.

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