February 19, 2016 09:59 AM
Parents as Tutors
Now that your English Language Learner [ELL] is enrolled in school it is important to understand that the school provides services designed to help your child acquire the English language. Visit the school and meet with the English for Speakers of Other Languages [ESOL] teacher. One common misconception is that ESOL teachers speak the child’s language. Please expel that thought, and if you need to, you can bring along a translator. Note that many school districts also have translators available, so contact the school’s principal if a translator is needed. During the meeting, you will want to know how well your child is acquiring the new language.
Ask questions such as:
What is my child’s stage of language acquisition?
Responses should vary. Your child may be at the stage where he/she is only using single words or short phrases in English; or he/she is at the intermediate or advanced stages where complex sentences can be read, spoken, and understood.
Once the teacher shares your child’s stage or level of language acquisition, the next question should be.
What strategies can I use at home, to help my child?
You should leave the meeting with a plethora of strategies that you can use at home to help your English Language Learner move along the stages of language acquisition. In addition to these strategies, you will need Reading Foundation and Blending and Segmenting books which will help you guide your child through phonics and phonemic awareness. These are necessary skills for decoding and reading comprehension. You may also need the mouth formation chart, to help your child understand the importance of forming the lips and mouth in order to articulate various sounds which may not be transferable from one language to another.
Parents as Tutors