1. Why should my child participate in an ELL program?
Acquiring social and academic (school) language is a long process. Your child may appear fluent in English yet struggles to read and write. English Language Learners are learning an additional language as well as mastering grade-level content. As your child goes through school, the language content and skills continue to get more difficult.
Although your child may gain proficiency in spoken communication in a few years, attaining full academic proficiency in English often takes five to 10 years. The ELL Program provides the bridge that your child needs for academic success.
2. How can I help my child?
Parents are encouraged to be partners in the education of their children. In addition to the good practices stated advice, you can help by:
- Visiting the classroom and the ELL teacher.
- Taking part in school activities.
- Working together on school assignments.
- Visiting local places of interest with your child.
- Talk to your children about what is around them.
- Make sure conversation with your child is not only functional in nature.
3. How long does it take to learn English?
Students learn at different rates. They may receive ELL instruction for a number of years.
4. Should I stop speaking my native language at home and speak English only?
No. Children are encouraged to continue to develop their first language as they acquire English speaking skills.