Bilingualism and Home Language Use

Brittany Pontero

Sociocultural Aspects for Bilingual Students in the Classroom

You need to know what knowledge a student brings to the classroom. It's also important to be familiar with their home language.

Cultural Impact of Bilingualism and Home Language Use

Home support is the foundation for children learning a new language, If there's no support at home, the child will not learn the language. Practice also impacts the language learning process. They must practice in order to get proficient in both languages.

Strategies and Resources for Cultivating Home and School Partnerships

Communication is key. You can communicate through newsletters and parent teacher conferences. Technology can also be important. You could set up a way for the parents to go online and see their child's grades so they can see if they are doing enough to help their child. You could also ask the families to come in and share their culture with the rest of the class.

Strategies for Evaluating the Effectiveness of the Home and School Partnerships

Pop quizzes are a great way to ensure the children are learning and will show you which ones still need more help. On the website, you could have the parents check grades once a week. To know if they really are, you could have a signature portion where the parent electronically signs the grade form.
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The Role of Leadership in Cultivating a Positive Home and School Partnership for ELL Students

This website, http://www.lcsun-news.com/las_cruces-opinion/ci_24388090/importance-home-language-bilingual-child, is all about the importance of home language for bilingual students. You could send this to the parents for them to read if they are able to read English. If not, we could find a way to translate it for them. If there is a positive relationship between the school and home, there is more of a chance for success.
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