QUESTIONS TO ASK YOURSELF: 1. Do you want your child to know how to communicate effectively in both languages? 2. Wouldn’t you love for your child to be able to read, write and speak fluently in BOTH languages? 3. Isn’t it really important to you for your child to retain your culture while learning to speak English? START BY: Giving your child an understanding of what is important for you to pass on regarding your culture. It is important for your children to continue to celebrate your culture. Help your child learn WHAT EVERY ELL PARENT SHOULD KNOW: Tips for helping your child become literate in BOTH languages! American culture and be sure to encourage your child to form ideas on how they can keep what is important to them of their culture while also feeling comfortable within their American culture. Always continue to communicate with your child in your native language. Brought to you by: The English Language Learners Master’s Degree Teachers Cohort Concordia University Chicago River Forest, Illinois A “Parent Help” Guide Created by ELL Teachers! THE FACTS What YOU NEED to do to help your children become stronger English language learners: GOOD NEWS: Your children can learn to read, write and speak fluently in English and your native language…with your help! (You don’t have to give up one for the other.) Here’s The Facts: Research by school teachers and professors in English as a Second Language shows that by reading to your child in your native language, and teaching your child to read and write in your native language, it will actually help them be a stronger English language learner! You see, they have to learn the grammatical rules of their first language, so they can transfer them over to their second language. If your children don’t know how to read and write in your native language, it will be MUCH harder for them to learn English. 1) Read to your children in your native language 2) Have your children read to you in your native language. 3) Have your children read to you in English. 4) Speak, read and write with your children in your native language 5) ALWAYS take advantage of ESL/ELL services your children qualify for 6) Start reading to your children from the time they come home from the hospital 7) Turn on the closed caption on your T.V. so they can start associating sounds with images 8) Be sure your child reads every night 9) Volunteer at school whenever you are able. 10) Be active in their schools! Here’s Why: 1. Students need to learn English in “real world situations,” not just in the classroom. Fluency in English will improve if put into practice, by writing e-mails to friends, relatives, pen pals, etc., in English. 2. Students learn best when you find something enjoyable to learn. Make it a habit to improve your fluency in English. For example; read; listen to the radio, news, etc. for ten min. a day in English. 3. Remember to make learning a habit, most importantly study for 10 min. a day, that way English will constantly be in your head. 4. While these are just a few tips that will help your children become proficient English speakers, keep in mind to have your children use your native language while they are studying in English, and feel free to use their native language in any way that will help them.