Bilingualism and Home Language

SEI/301: Dr. K Kopczynski By: Kristie Bentley Due: 6/15/2015

What is Sociocultural Aspects for Bilingual Students in the Classroom?

  • Integration of various cultural representation by educators
  • Educators need to listen to students story and find out about literacy experience.
  • Examine the needs of students from a diverse cultural background
  • Gernhardt (2012) stated, "Another strategy to help in creating a bilingual atmosphere would be to make a commitment to building a shared school community by displaying all cultures within the school on the school campus, integrate multiculturalism, and talk about language development and literacy as part of the instruction and student activities. I would also suggest to my ALD student, after finding out more about her background, that she consider developing her Spanish skills to help her better develop her later English literacy (para 5).

Cultural Impact of Bilingualism and Home Language Use

  • Students are more successful in their environment (home or school) when they have the ability to speak their cultural language and learn English (bilingual).
  • Educators need to encourage bilingual students to embrace his or her native tongue without compromising the understanding of the importance of learning English in school as well.

The Role of Leadership in Cultivating a Postivie Home and School Partnership for ELL students

  • Begins with Administration and their willingness to recruit parents and community members for school tasks, to listen to other people's viewpoints, and to share decision making provides a necessary foundation for all school-family-community partnership (North Central Regional Educational Laboratory).
  • Educators must create a environment applicable for all students include diverse students.
  • Educators must create an open line of communication between parents, student, and teacher.
  • Educators need to research each students cultural background and educate themselves on their literacy experiences
  • Provide resources for school and community outreach programs to help diverse students and parents feel more connect to their school and community.

According to "PTA" (2014), "Research shows that when families and schools work together, student achievement increases, schools improve and communities grow stronger" (National PTA Recognizes Schools Across the Country for Excellence in Building Family-School Partnerships).


Gernhardt, D. (2012) Sociocultural Aspects of Schooling for ELS. Retrieved from

North Central Regional Educational Laboratory (1998) Critical Issue: Constructing School Partnerships with Family and Community Groups. Retrieved from

PTA. (2014). National PTA Recognizes Schools Across the Country for Excellence in Building Family-School Partnerships. Retrieved from