February 17, 2016 11:03 AM
Parents as Tutors
Preparing your English Language Learner [ELL]
If English is not your child’s first language, your child is an English Language Learner [ELL]
English will now become a second language. In the school system English Language learners are enrolled in classes designed to teach English for Speakers of Other Languages [ESOL].
An English Language Learner can feel especially anxious on the first day of school, or during the first year of school. Being immersed in a setting where the child’s first language is not the spoken language, can prove to be a daunting experience. What can you, as a parent, do to help? You can think of objects and directives your child will encounter in school, and begin labeling and sounding them in English. In school, your child will be given directives in English to stop and go, and more than likely be given a chair and a desk. At some point he/she will be asked, in English, to place the chair under the desk. The English Language Learner will write using pencils or pens, read and hold a book, and may need to request a pass for the restroom, office, or lunchroom. These activities will be referred to in English. Practice with your child at home.
Your English Language Learner will encounter number words starting from one to a thousand, and will be told he/she has a few minutes to work. Your child will need to understand how to express time, and must be able to name the parts of the body in English. In addition to understanding currency [coins and bills], your child will also need to understand shapes such as triangles, squares, circles, and rectangle. There are several strategies parents can use to prepare an English Language Learner.
Parents as Tutors