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Journal Article: Caring Closes the Language-Learning Gap

Categories

FAMILY school relationship, EDUCATION -- Parent participation, HOME & school, LIMITED English-proficient students, EDUCATION, Bilingual, ACHIEVEMENT gap, ACADEMIC achievement

Authors

Borba, Mary

Published

2009

Publisher

Phi Delta Kappa International

Abstract

The article discusses how relationships between schools and families of English language learners (ELLs) can affect academic achievement and parental participation in education. The author notes achievement gaps between ELLs and English speakers and discusses how parental involvement in education improves achievement. She recommends the use of bilingual personnel and translation of school documents to improve conditions for parents of ELLs and suggests that parent education programs offering English language lessons and information on school structure can help ELL parents overcome culture shock and support students. The importance of native language in fostering student pride in home cultures is noted. Professional education regarding language acquisition is recommended.

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