From one of my favorite resource sites:
Share With Your Colleagues and Families: Spanish-speaking children learn English faster when parents read to them in their native language06/11/2019
Find a research finding here with additional info
Schools deepen connections with ELL parents. How families can develop skills to better support their students04/09/2019
A report about an initiative by one of my TESOL friends. More here
I very much relate to the article. We can consider the implications for teaching older students or for building school/home connections. Find more here at https://en.qantara.de/content/the-language-of-migrants-being-a-stranger-in-a-second-language
“Language is the home of being”
As a matter of fact, we were all born into a specific culture, society, family, place, and language. It is through our native language that culture, beliefs, ideas and countless other things were and are conveyed to us, and it is how we communicate them to others. We live in that language and grow with it; it shapes our ideas and our life as a whole.
Our native language relates to our being, to our very existence. Therefore, it has a certain ontological dimension. As Heidegger wrote, “language is the home of being”. But could we not say that this statement is especially true of our native tongue.
The second language cannot be the home of our being in the same way as our mother tongue. This ontological dimension merely exists in our native language. Because we were born in it, have lived with it, and grown up with it, our whole life is formed by it. If “knowledge is power”, as Francis Bacon once said, then we were armed with knowledge in our native language, and we are most powerful in our native language.
Almost all teachers share with me that they find it difficult to build strong or even any relationships with their EL students’ families. Find some ideas at https://www.educationdive.com/news/survey-more-than-half-of-us-teachers-concerned-about-language-barriers-wit/544191/
Thanks for sharing, Stacy Brown.
Connecting with immigrant families is an important part of their childrens’ success. How should schools do this?
School/home connections with immigrant communities create an environment for higher academic achievement. More here