Building Strong Parent-Teacher Partnership | Getting Involved in the Foreign Language Programs

Building Strong Parent-Teacher Partnership

Communication with school is essential and talking to the foreign language teacher is equally important! Get in touch with your child’s foreign language teacher and ask about things you can do to reinforce the learning that is taking place in the classroom. Your child’s foreign language teacher will be more than happy to know about your involvement and will offer copies of the curriculum, links to web sites, homework requirements, additional worksheets etc.

  • Get a copy of the curriculum/syllabus/program of study
  • Ask about ways you can get involved in the foreign language classroom (cooking demonstration for example)
  • Attend open school nights/meetings
  • Join the Parents Teachers Association

Here are some additional links for parents who are not sure about how to build a strong parent-teacher partnership.

What is your child learning in foreign languages?
Check out The Office of Bilingual Education of the New York State Department of Education
Programs can be found under publications.

Getting Involved in the Foreign Language Programs

As a parent and language partner, your involvement in the foreign language programs of the school district your child is in can be a fun and very rewarding experience. It helps build a strong partnership between the school, the community, and you as a language partner! Your voice and involvement in the foreign language programs can go a long way!

Here is a list of things you can start doing in your community to advocate for and support foreign languages

  • Encourage your school to begin second language study as early as possible. Studies show that the earlier you start, the more likely you are to achieve fluency. Inquire about Foreign Language in the Elementary School (FLES) programs. Contact the National Network for Early Language Learning, NNELL, for more information. http://www.nnell.org
  • Help in identifying the community second language resources.
  • Participate and/or organize local and regional events where language and cultural diversity are celebrated. Help sponsor those events in your child’s school. You can offer suggestions to your child’s foreign language teacher to organize a fundraiser, a bake sale, etc.
  • There are a lot of celebrations in the foreign language classroom all school year round; find out how you can contribute and be part of it!
  • Encourage programs, extra-curricular clubs (such as National Honor Society, Foreign Language Clubs, etc.) which will highlight student success in LOTE for the community, school and families at large.

If you would like to know more about how to get involved in your child’s learning of a foreign language, in your district LOTE programs, opportunities for cultural exchange … any questions you may have … ASK!