Bilingualism and Home Language

Kimber Artidiello June 15, 2015 SEI/301

Cultural Impact

  • Students receive poor support at home
  • Family does not speak English
  • Students do not receive encouragement from home
  • Students get bullied for differences
  • Students can later resent the English language

Sociocultural Aspects For Bilingual Students

  • Students will have many struggles
  • Not feeling they fit it
  • Non comprehension of language
  • Culture shock
  • Judgements
  • Discrimination from peers

Strategies & Resources for Cultivating Home and School

Evaluating Home & School Partnership Effectiveness

  • Have students speak English and repeat the statement in native language
  • Teachers need to assess progress (Minimum 3 months)
  • What progress is observed
  • Communication with parents is essential
  • Ask for help through a local interpreter
  • Teacher shadowing a mentor to help effectivness


  • Encourage students to speak native language at home
  • Positive reinforcement in school
  • Books-Computer
  • Computer programs
  • Thesauruses for native to English language

Role of Leadership For Positive Partenership

  • Follow through with communication
  • Help students feel comfortable speaking English
  • Encourage students in cooperative learning
  • Positive environment
  • Teacher asks for help or mentorship


Colorin Colorado, (2011); A Guide for Engaging ELL Families,

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Colorin Colorado, (2011); The Home Language : An English Learners Most Valuable Resource.

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