Best Approaches in involving ENL Parents and Families


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  • With globalization and movement, we have many immigrant and refugees in the United States speaking various different languages, coming virtually from every corner of the planet with diverse outlooks, cultural beliefs, behaviours and background experiences. Teachers need to provide language and literary skills to survive in school and later in jobs
  • Best Approaches in involving ENL Parents and Families

    1. 1. Best Approaches in Involving ELL Parents & Families Poornima D’Souza Email: [email_address] Twitter: @pord_33
    2. 3. Refugee A refugee comes to the United States for fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, Immigrant A foreign-born individual who voluntarily leaves his/her country of origin and has been admitted to reside permanently in the U.S. as a Lawful Permanent Resident
    3. 4. <ul><li>Some of them are: </li></ul><ul><li>Spanish ( español) </li></ul><ul><li>Ukranian ( украї́нська ) </li></ul><ul><li>Tigrinya ( tigriññā ) </li></ul><ul><li>Kayah </li></ul><ul><li>Khran </li></ul><ul><li>Nuer </li></ul><ul><li>Swahili ( Kiswahili) </li></ul><ul><li>Kunama </li></ul><ul><li>Kirundi ( Rundi) </li></ul><ul><li>Arabic ( ( العربية al-ʿarabiyyah ) </li></ul><ul><li>Amharic ( Amarəñña) </li></ul><ul><li>Vietnamese ( ( tiếng Việt , Việt ngữ) </li></ul><ul><li>Somalian ( Afsoomaali الصومالية‎ ) </li></ul><ul><li>Dinka </li></ul>More than 61 First Languages spoken by Sioux Falls School District ELL students
    4. 5. English Language Learners can not only be <ul><li>Refugees </li></ul><ul><li>Immigrants </li></ul><ul><li>But it can be also be … </li></ul><ul><li>Visas – H-1B, H4, L1, F-1, Diplomat </li></ul><ul><li>Adoption- Relatives and Others </li></ul><ul><li>Professional visits – work, attend/conduct trainings </li></ul>
    5. 6. <ul><li>254% growth in 13 years </li></ul><ul><li>More than 61 spoken languages </li></ul><ul><li>* unofficial count </li></ul>Growing Diversity
    6. 7. <ul><li>Bilingual refers to using or knowing two languages; All of our ELL students are bilingual or some multilingual . </li></ul><ul><li>ELL(s) refers to English language learner(s ) </li></ul><ul><li>ESL means English as a Second Language. </li></ul><ul><li>ESOL means English to Speakers of Other Languages. </li></ul><ul><li>ENL refers to those students for whom English is a New Language. This term is used by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. </li></ul><ul><li>LEP refers to Limited-English-proficient. It is the current description of students’ abilities--that they currently have limited English proficiency. </li></ul>Second Language Terminology
    7. 8. <ul><li>achieve academic learning </li></ul><ul><li>develop their emotional strengths </li></ul><ul><li>grow personally and socially . </li></ul>What is a School Home Liaison? The School- Home Liaison aims to promote partnership between schools and parents so that children:
    8. 9. <ul><li>Respond to the needs and requirements of individual schools. </li></ul><ul><li>Targeted areas may include </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Attendance, punctuality, behavior management, support for raising achievement, communication with families </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Improvement of social provision (example: housing access to medical care) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Parent groups such as community language classes, family literacy classes, parenting skills sessions. </li></ul></ul>School-Home Liaisons
    9. 10. <ul><li>I want you to know how much I care before I care how much you know </li></ul>No connection = no meaning = failure Make connections = meaning =success. Goal: Building Relationships
    10. 11. <ul><li>Gain trust and build confidence </li></ul><ul><li>Develop relationships </li></ul><ul><li>Build Personal Connections-Dialogue </li></ul><ul><li>Attend their events </li></ul><ul><li>Teach fundamentals </li></ul><ul><li>Create partnerships with parents to support learning in school </li></ul><ul><li>Appreciate native culture </li></ul>Our Responsibility …
    11. 12. <ul><li>One on One Tutoring </li></ul><ul><li>Rosetta Stone </li></ul><ul><li>Quarterly Assessment </li></ul><ul><li>Homework Help </li></ul><ul><li>Mentoring </li></ul><ul><li>After School Tutoring </li></ul>Proactive Approach
    12. 13. <ul><li>Community Resources </li></ul><ul><li>- Community Garden </li></ul><ul><li> - Even Start Program </li></ul><ul><li> - Bright Start Program </li></ul><ul><li>Mental and Health concerns </li></ul><ul><li>- Health Literacy Program </li></ul><ul><li> - Community Health </li></ul><ul><li> - Southeastern Behavioral Health </li></ul>Assisting Parents with
    13. 14. <ul><li>We provide….. </li></ul><ul><li>Knowledge of the School System </li></ul><ul><li>Understanding of Academic Programs </li></ul><ul><li>Support for Acculturation </li></ul><ul><li>Vision for Child’s Future </li></ul><ul><li>Community resources </li></ul>Parents are overwhelmed with the new culture and work environment.
    14. 17. <ul><li>In charge of school </li></ul><ul><li>Knows best </li></ul><ul><li>Ultimate authority </li></ul>Cultures - perception about teachers
    15. 18. <ul><li>It is common for some students not to make eye contact with adults as it may be seen as a sign of disrespect. </li></ul>
    16. 19. <ul><li>Be careful to use correct grammar. </li></ul><ul><li>Speak clearly. </li></ul><ul><li>Avoid speaking too fast. </li></ul>Techniques for Interaction
    17. 20. <ul><li>Aggressive Behavior </li></ul><ul><li>Talks out in class. </li></ul><ul><li>Impulsive behavior </li></ul><ul><li>Talks back to the teacher </li></ul><ul><li>Does not follow class rules </li></ul>Possible Effects of Acculturation
    18. 21. <ul><li>Peer tutoring and mentoring can be an effective tool for the immigrant and refugee students . </li></ul><ul><li>Visuals, Gestures, Action or Acting Out </li></ul><ul><li>Repetition works well (Repetition with meaning - if no meaning, can do more harm than good) </li></ul><ul><li>Be Slow and Distinct </li></ul>Learners and Learning Styles
    19. 22. Basic student needs … <ul><li>Academic language is like a third language to them – be aware of this. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>They take things very literally, do not catch idioms, metaphors etc. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Giving them more time is an appropriate accommodation. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Repetition is a must to help understand. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>They need to know exactly what is expected. (Assume nothing). </li></ul><ul><li>If you give them a hand out – instruct them to keep it – they will not automatically do this. </li></ul><ul><li>Almost 90% of what they get from you is nonverbal – so … </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Be conscious of your facial expressions. They see everything! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Write things on the board, make it visual, hands on. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Abbreviations are difficult to understand – write it out. </li></ul></ul>
    20. 23. Advantages of Bilingual Education … <ul><li>Students do better when they are encouraged to maintain and develop their first language.  </li></ul><ul><li>Students who are literate in their native language can transfer that skill and learn more quickly in English </li></ul><ul><li>In today’s global economy, bilingualism and multilingualism are valuable skills . </li></ul><ul><li>Students will learn English more effectively and won’t lag as far behind their English-speaking classmates when their parents assist in building literacy skills by reading at home with their children.  </li></ul>
    21. 24. Teaching Techniques <ul><li>Pairs and small groups are the optimum formation for learning. </li></ul><ul><li>Avoid the questions: </li></ul><ul><li>“ Do you understand?” </li></ul><ul><li>“ Yes/No? ” </li></ul><ul><li>Use </li></ul><ul><li>“ Tell me more.” </li></ul><ul><li>“ Why do you think so?” </li></ul><ul><li>“ What does this remind you of?” </li></ul><ul><li>“ What connections can you make?” </li></ul>
    22. 25. <ul><li>Confused in terms of time. </li></ul><ul><li>Poor living skills. </li></ul><ul><li>Extreme social withdrawal. </li></ul><ul><li>Poor interpersonal relationships . </li></ul>Behavioral Concerns
    23. 26. Diversity Blog
    24. 27. Diversity Wikispaces
    25. 28. ELL Blog
    26. 29. Diversity Ning
    27. 30. Parental Involvement Ning
    28. 31. Parent Tech Wikispace /
    29. 32. Parenting Classes Ning /
    30. 33. Parent University <ul><li>group sessions according to culture and language </li></ul><ul><li>have an interpreter to Q & A for general sessions </li></ul><ul><li>celebration of cultures </li></ul><ul><li>parent as teachers – get to know their cultures </li></ul><ul><li>guest speakers from the community </li></ul><ul><li>high school information session for senior parents - FAFSA, applying for colleges, grants, scholarships etc </li></ul><ul><li>health and hygiene session </li></ul><ul><li>Weekly session </li></ul><ul><li>Crash course </li></ul><ul><li>General sessions </li></ul><ul><li>Small group sessions for specific topics </li></ul><ul><li>Sessions at the apartments or community centers </li></ul><ul><li>Health & Hygiene sessions </li></ul>
    31. 34. ENL Linguistics /
    33. 36. It's All About Relationships ~
    34. 37. Resulting Focus- Team Effort
    35. 38. Portaportal Links – Web 2.0 tools
    36. 39. Portaportal Links – ELL
    37. 40. Portaportal Links – Subject wise
    38. 41. <ul><li>Delicious Book marks: pord_33 </li></ul><ul><li>Twitter: pord_33 </li></ul><ul><li>Diigo: pord_33 </li></ul><ul><li>Email : </li></ul><ul><li>Wiki: </li></ul><ul><li>Linguisitics: </li></ul><ul><li>Diversity & Parental Involement Ning </li></ul>
    39. 42. THE END