Teacher Review For Oh Noah!

Total Engagement of Young Children in Learning Spanish

Gloria E.
Associate Professor
Georgian Court University
Lakewood, NJ
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My Grades 6, 7, 8
My Subjects Math, Social Studies
My Rating 4
Learning Scores
Engagement 4
Pedagogy 4
Support 5
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Homework
Individual
Knowledge gain
Small group
Student-driven work
Great with Advanced learners
General
Low literacy
Special needs
How I Use It
I would use this website as a non-Spanish speaking teacher or parent with children in the designated age group. The 4 main characters in the videos and games would instantly become my students' or my children's "friends". PBS has made lesson plans available that reinforce the benefits of learning a second language at an early age. I would make use of these lesson plans as one who understands the pedagogy of learning but needs support in the methodology for teaching a second language. Age-appropriate students/children would like this website and would learn. I recommend it to teachers whose primary content area is not World Language, but the language they wish to teach students is Spanish. PBS offers online support via their FAQs and "Contact Us" links.
My Take
When PBS is involved, your have a quality product. Oh Noah is documented to be for students 6-8 years of age and makes plain the importance of teaching Spanish due to the changing demographics in our world. Many teachers would, in all probability, agree with this. Teacher cutbacks, especially in the Arts and the World Languages, make this website a strong contender for inclusion in classrooms with non-Spanish speaking teachers seeking to teach their students Spanish basics and also pick up some of the language themselves. The website includes highly animated and interactive videos that show the language in operation and invites children to join in the discovery. The games (primarily flash card matching) are perfect for young children - keeps them engaged in speaking Spanish along with their favorite characters. Activities include printouts that encourage students to color pictures of all the words they have learned. Overall, this website is a good teaching tool for the non-Spanish speaking teacher who will be teaching Spanish.