Bilingual Reading Activities Quick Ideas

Bilingual reading activities encourage students to practice various language techniques. While there are many ways to incorporate reading activities, bilingual learners need additional practice. How can they get more reading practice?

Perhaps, you already use the necessary interactive activities that can engage bilingual learners. These fundamental language games can open up to new learning opportunities when you combine them with other activities. 

Quick Bilingual Reading Activities 

Learning any language skill requires practice. For bilingual students, this learning can take the shape of hands-on activities or listen to dual-language texts.

Whether you use guided-reading, circle time, or other reading methods, you most likely want to engage your students in reading. The approach to these reading activities can sometimes isolate bilingual students.

Many times, instructions are not transparent or available in English only. Even trying to find resources in both languages can be exhausting.

So, use quick bilingual reading activities that you can use to introduce, review, or refresh old or new concepts.

In this way, your students accomplish small tasks and feel confident to tackle more significant challenges. 

Bilingual Holiday Themes – Bingo Games

Themes are an excellent way to introduce vocabulary. With fun themes of holidays or seasons, your students can easily correlate between prior knowledge and terms.

With a holiday bingo bilingual game, you can efficiently structure a learning terms lesson based on a favorite holiday book. Besides encouraging your students to learn new words, you can also point out other reading skills.

For instance, a fun game of holiday bilingual game can direct students to think about phonics or letter identification. If you use a holiday theme, you could use a list of holiday words to encourage students to identify terms with images, recognize vowel formation, or sound out the words.

Practicing these skills in 5 or 10-minute sessions can boost language skills in bilingual students. 

bilingual reading activities

Scavenger Bilingual Holiday Games

What’s fun with looking for items around the classroom or a room when there’s a prize involved? That’s one reason to use scavenger hunts.

When you pair up a list of words or letters for students to think about with scavenger hunts, your students will assimilate words with items.

Next time your students engage with a scavenger hunt game, they will know to practice vocabulary terms. 

Bilingual Memory Holiday Games

Hence, you might want to try memory games. For instance, matching words with pictures is another fun way to learn new vocabulary.

  • Using shapes, numbers, and holiday words, matching terms encourages recognizing terms and activating immediate learning.
  • This type of memory acquisition helps students to process and gather knowledge based on frequent experiences.
  • The more apt students are to use this part of learning, the more words they will remember. 
  • Consequently, these quick bilingual reading activities are fabulous ways to generate enthusiasm and energy in the classroom.
  • Hence, don’t let the learning stop there.
  • These activities provide the basis for other reading skills.
  • Many reading comprehension skills build up after the introduction of vocabulary in lessons.

The after-reading activities that follow are crucial components for bilingual learners to build a solid foundation for upper-level reading. 

After-Reading Activities to Strengthen Language Skills

Group discussions between students is a valuable way to follow up reading or vocabulary. Even though you might have a group of young learners, guided reading or group reading can be beneficial.

Indeed, especially for bilingual learners, the extra support after reading a passage or learning vocabulary boosts confidence. You might have to gauge what is the right approach and a feasible way to motivate reading.

A few after-reading activities can include drawing, using puppet or finger play, watching a video, or adding hands-on activities.

Depending on the subject, you might need a few days to strengthen those learned language skills. 

Bilingual reading activities motivate students to engage with terms in quick tasks. These tasks are brief enough to introduce new words.

With after-reading activities, you can further your students’ learning with discussions, reflections, and hands-on experiences.

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Barbara Mascareno

Barbara is an educational writer, teacher, and instructional designer. She loves to write K-12 education content, teaching strategies, bilingual education approaches, and foreign language.

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