Importance of First Languages

 Importance of First Languages Unite for Literacy offers young ELLs online access to a free global library of picture books that can be read in English and listened to an ever growing number of languages.  Excellent resource for use at home by K-2 ELLs.
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 Check out SCRIBJAB!

ScribJab is a web site and iPad application for language learners to read and create digital stories (text, illustrations and audio recordings) in multiple languages (English, French and other non-official languages). ScribJab creates a space for children to communicate about their stories, and come to an enhanced appreciation of their own multilingual resources.          


Dual Language Books in Local Libraries

The Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District School Board partnered with the Bradford-West Gwillimbury Public Library (2012-2013) and the Barrie Public Library (2013-2014) through a Parents Reaching Out (PRO) Grant to create dual language picture book collections for young children. All books are written in English and a second language, so all children in the community can enjoy these translated and culturally relevant books. 

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The Bradford West-Gwillimbury Public Library offers dual language books in: Arabic, Portuguese, Spanish, Italian, Punjabi, Vietnamese, Tamil, and Urdu.

barrie library

The Barrie Public Library offers dual language picture books in:Arabic, Simplified Chinese, French, Italian, Korean, Polish, Russian,Spanish, and Urdu.


The Importance of  Developing First Languages
SMCDSB Importance of First Languages FactSheet                                           

All students are encouraged to continue to use and develop their first language whenever possible.

Effective oral, reading and writing skills in one language will influence
 the ability of a student to develop effective oral, reading and writing skills in another language.

 The Importance of Developing First Languages Fact Sheet  - For Parents and Staff

 French -    PDF 

     English -   PDF

     Italian -     PDF  
      Korean -      PDF

       Spanish -   PDF
 Polish -     PDF   
     Russian -   PDF

       Tagalog -   PDF       Portuguese - PDF  


Check out additional translated fact sheets for parents and staff:

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