189. I would like to know if it would be too much homework for my student write his spelling words in his language then in English?

I do not believe that there is ever "too much homework," provided that the student is interested on the topic of the homework and (s)he is successful in completing the homework task. If the student can write in Spanish and is motivated by writing the spelling words in (h)is/er own language, by all means ask the student to do so.

There are thousands of English/Spanish cognates, that is, English and Spanish words that are spelled and pronounced similarly, and mean just about the same thing in both languages. For example, tiger/tigre, class/ clase, etc. Practice in writing both cognates --the similar English and Spanish words-- helps the student remember the spelling of the English words --that is, the words in the second language.

The student could then share his bilingual homework with the other English-ONLY students in the class. This sharing would enrich the educational opportunities of ALL students since the English-ONLY students would be learning --effortlessly-- many Spanish words.

Keep the homework interesting and relevant. So long as students do their homework, no homework is "too much."



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