This year, see-through masks have been provided to teachers, tutors, staff, and students across the district who need these specifically designed face masks to teach and learn while remaining safe. Recipients included speech-language pathologists and their students and English as Second Language (ESL) teachers and English Learners (ELs). All protective coverings have a clear plastic material where the student’s mouth is positioned.
“The mask can help students who are learning to pronounce new and unfamiliar words. It helps the teachers see what the lips, teeth, and tongue are doing in order to make the different sounds,” said District ESL Coordinator Gary Giblin.
Director of Student Services Tonya Bray said, “We have students who need to visually see and be able to look at and mimic the speech and language pathologist’s lips so that they are able to repeat and have correct articulation for speech and language. Sight and sound together are very important because this teaches our students how to form words and sounds.”
The Winton Woods City School District is host to over 1,000 EL students, whose families come from Guatemala, Mexico, Nepal, Senegal, Ghana and many other countries. In total, 31 languages are spoken by students and families at WWCS.