Ideal as a supplementary text for a variety of courses and as a guide for in-service teachers and for professional development settings, Teaching English Language Learners: 43 Strategies for Successful K–8 Classrooms provides teachers of all content areas with a broad, practical approach to teaching English language learners in the regular classroom setting.

Communicating with the ELL Parent
Communicating with the ELL parent

Connections between ELL families and their children's schools help to build bridges between the two worlds in which the ELL lives. The previous strategy provided ideas for reaching out to families. This strategy focuses on communicating with family members once they have arrived at school or during a home visit scheduled to discuss an issue about student behavior or school work. (This communication is different from the social nature of the outreach calls discussed in Strategy 40 and also the more extensive visits discussed in Strategy 42.)

Theory and/or Research Underlying the Strategy

The positive influence of home-school relationships on the educational well-being of ELLs is clear (August & Hakuta, 1997). Language is often a formidable barrier in ...

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