With book week at my school, my classroom assistant suggested that she read a book to the kids in Hindi. As a follow up my polyglot class are jumping to bring in favorites from their own languages.
The benefits of this have been huge:
Monolingual students get to experience being a situation where they don’t understand the language. They develop empathy and are more mindful of the struggles of language learners.
My bilinguals and trilinguals get to share their culture and language.
Everyone appreciates new stories and the diversity in our class.
What a great idea and fabulous opportunity for your students!