PHILLY PLAYS SCRABBLE:
An American Past-time Reaches English-as-a-Second Language Learners
Each year Philadelphia City Council declares October Philly Plays Scrabble month in recognition of the game’s various literacy benefits, particularly for school-aged youth. This year ASAP is launching a variety of after school Scrabble clubs with a unique goal – using the game of Scrabble to teach reading and language skills to English-as-a-second language learners, ESOL.
It is estimated that ESOL students account for 8% of total enrollment in the School District of Philadelphia, the majority of whom are native Spanish speakers. This percentage is likely to increase in coming years as recent census figures indicate that individuals of Hispanic heritage are the fastest growing population in Philadelphia.For ESOL students in Scrabble clubs the goal is to disguise learning as fun.
Philly Plays Scrabble is ASAP’s 2nd-largest initiative with 99 after school Scrabble clubs in schools, libraries, community and recreation centers across the city. ASAP is grateful for the support of its major Scrabble sponsors PNC Bank and Comcast and for the many teachers and volunteers who share their passion for the game with our city’s young people.