ERIC Number: ED447713
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Aug
If Your Child Learns in Two Languages: A Parent's Guide for Improving Educational Opportunities for Children Acquiring English as a Second Language = Si su nino aprende en dos idiomes: Una guia para que las familias sepan como mejorar las oportunidades educativas de los ninos que adquieren el ingles como segunda lengua = Neu lon Ban Hoc Bang Hai Thu Tieng: Chi-nam cua phu-huynh de cai tien co hoi hoc van cua con em dang hoc Anh van nhu sinh ngu thu hai.
Zelasko, Nancy; Antunez, Beth
This guide, in English, Spanish, and Vietnamese, aims to inform parents of students who have learned or are learning English as a Second Language about appropriate approaches for educating children so that they can work with schools to ensure a high quality education for their children. The emphasis is on explaining the laws, schools, and research related to the education of the English language learners (ELL). It is hoped that this information will help parents understand and participate in the education of their ELL child. Covered topics include the following: the benefits of learning two languages, how parents can determine if the school is meeting the academic needs of their children, what the characteristics of effective schooling for ELLs are, how schools determine if a child needs English-as-a-Second-Language (ESL) help, the academic requirements of ESL students, federal policies and programs that can assist parents in monitoring the quality of the education schools are providing, a comparison of educational systems in the United States with those in other countries, and where additional information can be found. Thirteen sources of additional resources are provided. (KFT)
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, English (Second Language), Family School Relationship, Family (Sociological Unit), Immigrants, Integrated Services, Language Minorities, Limited English Speaking, Parent Materials, Parent Participation, Parent School Relationship, Second Language Instruction, Second Language Learning
National Clearinghouse for Bilingual Education, The George Washington University Center for the Study of Languages and Education, 2011 Eye Street, NW, Washington, DC 20006. Tel: 202-467-0867; Web site: www.ncbe.gwu.edu.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Multilingual/Bilingual Materials
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Bilingual Education and Minority Languages Affairs (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Clearinghouse for Bilingual Education, Washington, DC.
Note: This paper was prepared under Task Order EDOBEM-99-000011, Model 9. Spanish version translated by Thomas Mansella and Rosario Gingras. Vietnamese version translated by Pham-Nguyen Linh-Nguyet and Phyllis Sherper.