Getting Involved in the Your Child’s Language Learning Experience
As a parent and language partner, your involvement in your school’s language program 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 world 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 world language instruction:
- Encourage your school to begin world 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 world language resources in your community.
- Participate in and/or organize local and regional events where language and cultural diversity are celebrated. Help sponsor those events in your child’s school.
- Cultural celebrations are an important component of the world language classroom; find out how you can contribute and be a part of it!
- Encourage programs and extra-curricular clubs, such as National Honor Society and language clubs, which will highlight student success in world languages for the community, school and families.
- Tips to Advocate for a Foreign Language Program in Your Child’s Elementary School
Julie Hoffman, Multicultural Kid Blogs, August 2017
If you would like to know more about how to get involved in your child’s learning of a world language, please ask!