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The World of ELLs

Here are a few pointers as to how mainstream teachers can help make their ESL students feel more comfortable with their learning experience, as well as involve their parents.

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The World of ELLs

Involving Parents as Cultural Mediators

Teachers can allow parents to act as cultural mediators in several ways:

  • Establish an explicit open-door policy so parents will know they are welcome.
  • Send written information home about classroom assignments and goals, and encourage parents to reply.
  • Call parents periodically when things are going well and let them know when they can call you.
  • Suggest specific ways parents can help in assignments.
  • Get to know the community by visiting the community and letting parents know when you are available to visit homes or talk at some other location.
  • Arrange several parent conferences a year and let parents talk about their child’s achievement.
  • Solicit parents’ view on education through a simple questionnaire, telephone interviews, or student or parent interviews.

(From: The Crosscultural, Language, and Academic Development Handbook, by Lynne T. Diaz-Rico)

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Old School or New School, Keep Parents Involved

“We all know how crucial it is that our parents are supportive and involved in their child’s education. We understand how important it is that they are aware of what is taking place in your classroom. The more supportive and involved parents are in their child’s education, the greater the odds that their child will be successful.”


A Parent’s Guide to Twitter and Education

“As more and more people join the world of Twitter (460,000 signups per day), school parents and teachers are more commonplace on this global social media tool. According to a recent Pew Internet Study, 84% of all Twitter users are between the ages of 18-49. Why is this important to school officials? The age range includes the majority of our school parents.”

10 Things NOT to Say to Parents of Bilingual Children

“As a Polish mother in the Netherlands with multilingual children growing up with Polish, German and Dutch, I often hear uninformed and judgmental comments. Inspired by Babble’s ‘What not to say…’ series, I wrote my own list about what you should never (and I mean NEVER) say to parents of multilingual children.”

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Reaching out to the children’s homes?  link

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5 Apps for Connecting With Parents

Learn how Skype, Twitter, Volunteer Spot, Pinterest, Edublog,  can help you to strengthen the school/home connection.

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