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UDL Guidelines - Version 2.0: Examples and Resources

Checkpoint 2.4: Promote understanding across languages

I. Provide Multiple Means of Representation

Language, expressions, and symbols

Key Considerations

  • How does this help learners meet the goal?
  • How does this account for the variability of all learners?
  • Can learners who speak different languages still access the content?

 

 

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Capita Translations

This translation website cross translates passages of text and entire web pages.  It also has a function to email translated text directly from the site.  There are many free translation sites such as appliedlanguage.com (preview them in advance of using with students as most support their services with online ads).

Age Group: All ages
Content Area: All content
Cost: Free
Technology Involved: Internet connection

Why UDL? ALS is helpful in promoting cross linguistic understanding by providing translation of web material.  Students may need support in using translation tools as a resource for improving language skills rather than relying upon the site.  Translations may have errors, which can be explored to deepen understanding of both languages.

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Word2Word

Use online dictionaries in students' native languages to help build vocabulary and background knowledge. Word2Word is a syndication of multiple language dictionaries (not all are compatible with screen readers).

Age Group: All ages
Content Area: All content
Cost: Free
Technology Involved: Internet connection

Why UDL? Bilingual dictionaries can be helpful in promoting cross linguistic understanding by developing vocabulary, an essential building block to developing reading and writing skills.

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Music and Dance Drive Academic Achievement

Watch this video to see an example of arts integration to promote academic achievement. Opening Minds Through the Arts (OMA) is a student-achievement program that uses music, dance, and visual arts to teach skills used in reading, writing, math, science, and other subjects.

Age Group: All ages
Content Area: All
Cost: Free
Technology Involved: Internet connection to access video; many of the strategies modeled require no technology.

Why UDL? Pay special attention to how the integration of the arts benefits English Language Learners. Linking to content that crosses language barriers, while taking steps to develop vocabulary and build communication skills are effective examples of promoting cross-linguistic understanding!

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2.5: Illustrate through multiple media

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Doing What Works: Develop Academic English

On this Doing What Works site, understand the research-based recommendation to develop academic English, watch videos on how actual schools are developing academic English, and find a collection of tools and ideas to help you develop academic English in your classroom. 

Don't miss the great videos!

Age Group: K-5
Content Area: Literacy
Cost: Free
Technology Involved: Internet connection to explore site; many of the strategies suggested require no technology.

Why UDL? This site provides excellent examples as to how to support vocabulary and grammar development in the classroom.

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2.1: Clarify vocabulary and symbols

2.2: Clarify syntax and structure

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Wikipedia

Wikipedia is a free, web-based, collaborative, multilingual encyclopedia project supported by the non-profit Wikimedia Foundation.

Age Group: All
Content Area: All
Cost: Free
Technology Involved: Internet connection

Why UDL? Wikipedia offers its content in 41 different languages to reach a broad audience.  Use the site for a multilingual audience or compare entries in different languages to develop vocabulary and syntax in a foreign language.

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8.3: Foster collaboration and community

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Simple English Wikipedia

Wikipedia's "Simple English" entries scaffold the reader by using straightforward language, by chunking the information, and by providing links for further inquiry.  "Simple English" is listed under the Language options.

Age Group: All
Content Area: All
Cost: Free
Technology Involved: Internet connection

Why UDL? "Wikipedia Simple English" entries are designed to be accessible to readers who are acquiring the English language.  Simple English entries are also  beneficial for readers who have limited vocabularies or for readers who are interested in the major features of the entry rather than detailed descriptions.

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2.2: Clarify syntax and structure

Last Updated: 04/11/2014

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