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New “EL Storytime” Online Video Library Brings Books To Life In Six Languages

Urbandale Community School District’s English Learner (EL) Team recently launched the EL Storytime online video library that provides an opportunity for students learning English to enjoy stories with their families while building their English-language skills. Spearheaded by our elementary EL teachers, the library contains 20+ videos of stories being shared in Burmese, English, Hakha Chin, Hindi, Swahili, and Vietnamese. Students and families are able to listen in English while following along in their native language, or listen in their native language and follow along in English.

The EL Storytime library will be continually updated with new stories in a variety of languages. Tremendous effort by everyone involved in bringing this new resource to life for so many students and families. One of the many ways our educators continue teaching all, reaching all, and welcoming all. Well-done!