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Parents are critical connections to learning for ELs

August 7, 2019

More than half of U.S. educators are concerned about language barriers between them and parents with limited English. Without sufficient skills in English, these parents are sometimes unable to understand what type of support their children need. Many schools rely on siblings or the students themselves to translate information from educators to parents.

Parents and culture are critical connection points that link a student’s understanding of terms in their native language to similar terms in English. Cultural meanings help students bridge the language gap and parents can support that concept.

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