There is a well-hidden gem in the world of 2nd Language Acquisition of Spanish with authentic materials: Newsela. I have used it for 3 years, and it’s a great to 1) Find interesting, engaging, sometimes entertaining, and pertinent news articles to current events. 2) Adjust the reading level (lexile level) to your readers, and 3) Give formative assessments.
This Instructional Content Platform brings together engaging, accessible authentic Spanish content with integrated assessments and insights to supercharge reading engagement in the target language of Spanish. I want to consult and persuade Spanish teachers to cover topics students care about, connect 2nd language reading acquisition in Spanish to core curriculum, and align ACTFL or state standards to to articles found in Newsela. The absolute best part of Newsela is that it the readings and assessments align with the students’ lexile reading level. I know the coveted gains of 2nd language acquisition that is connected to Newsela because I saw my Spanish for Native Speakers benefit greatly from its use. I want all school systems in the United States to incorporate Newsela into their Instructional Technology.