Parent Tutoring

For English Language Learners

ESL Parent Involvement
It is possible, and absolutely necessary for the ELL student to have a parent that will continue to supplement them with the needed help, outside of the classroom, so as to encourage active learning.
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Breaking Down New Barriers By Kristen Holmes

Called the Liberty Learning Center, 11 mothers and their kids are participating in this after school program, in which they play educational games as well as get help on their homework. At the Bristol Town District, almost 10% of the district is composed of ELL students, making it absolutely necessary to have these programs, so that parents can continue to be involved with their children.

So What Are the Pros of These Programs?

After school programs such as these help the ELL students from falling behind, as well as using active and engaging activities to help the child learn. More importantly, these children feel a sense of security and are prone to be more responsive when their parent is there. This in turn, helps lower the dropout rate of students, as well as ensuring that the students don't fall too far behind.

So What Are the Cons?

According to the program, some of the difficulties is the transportation of the parents to these facilities with their child, as many of them lack the necessary transportation to do so. Another, is that parents will tend to work long hours, and thus not be able to fully attend these programs.

Any Alternative Options?

Recorded Readings: Why Parent Involvement is So Necessary

Recorded readings serve the purpose of increasing a child's oral reading fluency. Being of great concern, in 2009 according to the National Center for Education Statistics, 75% of 4th grade ELL students tested below the basic reading level. While a lot of schools do work to ensure that the student can be helped, a teacher that lacks proper training, or has too many students, will not be able to properly assess and cater to each student's oral fluency needs.

So what is Recorded Reading?

Have Confidence! You can use a pre-recorded audio aid, with high- word overlap, in order so that the student will be able to hear it once from the recording, once from the parent, and then they will repeat it three times. This audio aid will come with a book, to provide a visual aid, and once the child has followed along and repeated the words and phrases, they are given rewards to increase for positive reinforcment

So Why Parent Involvement?

  1. Allows for the alleviation of stress and anxiety that the student feels, because the comfort the parent can provide.
  2. Improved parent and child relationships
  3. Discouraging dropouts, as well as shutting of a desire to learn English

What Happens When You Cross Both Languages Together?

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Don't Stop Speaking One Language!!!!

What some parents do, is that in order for the child to continue to develop English, they drop their native language, and only allow the students to speak English, as well as watching only English media and entertainment.


While this can be beneficial initially so that the child starts to learn English, it is equally important to retain the native language as well.


Case Study:

2 boys, and 2 girls. Canadian. Spoke Cantonese at home. Gathered writing assignments given out from the teacher at school, and at home.

Closing Note: One Size Does Not Fit All!

What we want to do for you, is to provide examples, as well as what researchers and experts have done, that say are very beneficial for your child, and to not be afraid to help your child grow! We know it can be hard at times, because you may not feel like you know enough to teach them, but just know that your child needs you to help him/her grow!


We hope you could take at least one of these methods or ways to help your child grow, and actively participate with them!