Elementary ESL Parent Information 2010-2011


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Elementary ESL Parent Information 2010-2011

  1. 1. English as a Second Language (ESL) Information
  2. 2. The ESL Teachers <ul><li>Grade 1/2 Grade 3 Grade 4 Grade 5 </li></ul><ul><li>Ms Sara Björk Ms Lesley West Mrs Petra Macdonald Mr Steve Martin </li></ul>
  3. 3. ESL Teaching Assistan ts <ul><li>Grade 1/2 Grade 3/4 Grade 5 </li></ul><ul><li>Ms Li Dong Ms Helen Wang Ms Tracy Li </li></ul>
  4. 4. Terminology <ul><li>ESL – English as a Second Language. </li></ul><ul><li>Mother Tongue – the language that students learned first, native language, home language. </li></ul><ul><li>Mainstream classroom – the student’s regular classes. </li></ul><ul><li>Pull-out classes – when students are pulled out, they are taken from their regular classes to be given additional English support. </li></ul><ul><li>In-class support – when ESL teachers come inside the regular classrooms and support students in various subjects. </li></ul>
  5. 5. How is the ESL Department Organized at IST? <ul><li>In Elementary, Grades 1-5 have an ESL teacher. </li></ul><ul><li>The ESL teacher's role is to support the ESL students in and out of the classroom. </li></ul><ul><li>Extra support is given to beginner ESL students. </li></ul>
  6. 6. ESL Placement and Support <ul><li>When students are enrolled at IST, they are given an English language test. </li></ul><ul><li>Progress testing then takes place twice a year to determine the level of support provided. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Factors which affect language learning… <ul><li>Student’s motivation to learn </li></ul><ul><li>Student’s personality and learning style </li></ul><ul><li>Family support for learning the target language </li></ul><ul><li>Type of instructional program </li></ul><ul><li>Quantity and type of exposure to </li></ul><ul><li>the language </li></ul><ul><li>Contact with native speakers of the language </li></ul><ul><li>The similarities or differences between the student's first language and English </li></ul><ul><li>Proficiency of mother tongue </li></ul>
  8. 8. Should I speak to my child only in English? <ul><li>Parents of ESL students should use the home language at home. </li></ul><ul><li>If parents are skilful in English, they may want to help their children with their homework if they feel comfortable doing so. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Should I read to my child only in English? <ul><li>NO! Your children should read in their own language. </li></ul><ul><li>Reading skills transfer across languages. Home language literacy will help English language development. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Why do some students speak English well but have difficulty using English as their academic language in the classroom? <ul><li>There are two kinds of language proficiency: </li></ul><ul><li>Social language </li></ul><ul><li>Academic language. </li></ul><ul><li>Social language is more easily learned than academic language. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Some patterns of behavior your child may experience <ul><li>Stress </li></ul><ul><li>Frustration, loneliness, fear or anger </li></ul><ul><li>Silent period </li></ul>Students need to feel comfortable in their new learning environment.
  12. 12. Should all English mistakes be corrected? <ul><li>To learn a language students need to make mistakes and take risks. </li></ul><ul><li>Teachers allow students to make some mistakes and to learn from them. </li></ul><ul><li>If all mistakes are corrected, the student can feel discouraged. </li></ul>
  13. 13. Should students speak English all the time at school? <ul><li>Students should use English in as many situations as possible during the school day. </li></ul><ul><li>We allow guided use of mother tongue in the classroom. </li></ul>
  14. 14. How can I help my child? <ul><li>Continue to speak the home language at home. </li></ul><ul><li>Home language development and literacy is vital. </li></ul><ul><li>Do not pressure your child to speak English. </li></ul>
  15. 15. Top Ten Tips for Parents <ul><li>Join afterschool activities </li></ul><ul><li>Have social contact with friends of other languages </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t correct every mistake </li></ul><ul><li>Give your child lots of positive praise </li></ul><ul><li>Be patient with your child’s learning </li></ul><ul><li>Make sure your child has a translation dictionary </li></ul><ul><li>Have bilingual materials at home </li></ul><ul><li>Use mother tongue to talk about school work in depth </li></ul><ul><li>Provide relevant books in your home language </li></ul><ul><li>Use the IST library to check out audio </li></ul><ul><li>books and other resources </li></ul>
  16. 16. How long will it take my child to learn English? <ul><li>Children learn languages at different speed. </li></ul><ul><li>Learning a language for academic purposes can take from 2 – 7 years or longer! </li></ul><ul><li>Parents should not put too much pressure on their children to learn English quickly. </li></ul><ul><li>REMEMBER THAT LANGUAGE LEARNING IS HARD WORK! </li></ul>
  17. 17. Thank you! <ul><li>Thank you for your support. </li></ul><ul><li>We are pleased to be working with you this year! </li></ul><ul><li>Elementary ESL Team </li></ul>