ELL: Hour of Code, Hora del Código, Heure de …


During Computer Science Education Week, the Hour of Code challenges students of all ages (and languages) to learn and participate in the basics of coding, engineering, computer science, and gaming.

Social media sites are flooded with images of kids using technology, learning programming, and creating code. Twitter hashtags in English (#hourofcode), Spanish (#horadelcodigo), and other languages provide information about coding, as do the following websites:

Colorín Colorado, a bilingual site for families and educators of English language learners, highlights the importance of getting young kids involved in computer programming and offers a number of helpful resources.

As these sites make clear, CSEdWeek targets a global audience. Moreover, the Hour of Code is about collaboration. Approaches like pair programming and “Ask 3 then me” are well-suited to English Language Learners (ELL). Working in a supportive language learning environment, ELLs and other students can learn from each other and solve problems together. This process enhances listening and speaking skills.

According to Cleopatra Jones, an ESL kindergarten teacher, the exposure to coding also “fuels a love of math and science.” And in reply to a #kidscancode Twitter chat question about the proudest moment from the #HourOfCode, Kelly Kayser Carey, a 4th grade ELL teacher from Nashville,  tweeted the following:

Ell hour of code

Hurray for the Hour of Code … in as many languages as you can shout it!


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Mimi Stapleton

Curriculum Development Specialist

Mimi Stapleton is a curriculum development specialist with Curriculum Pathways. She creates standards-based content for Spanish language learners and ESL, drawing on her experiences in the Department of Teaching and Learning at Virginia Tech and her teaching assignments at both the secondary and university levels. Mimi also facilitates online professional development courses that prepare educators to integrate digital content into instruction. She is an ACTFL/CAEP program reviewer and EdCamper. You can connect with her on Twitter @MimiStapleton.

1 Comment

  1. I think that the children should be encouraged to learn also robot programming, not just programming in general. Moving actual objects, not just pixels on the screen, opens a whole new world of opportunities.

    Internet is filled with sites that teach this subject so that even children can follow, for example:

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