184. What is an effective way to encourage the parents to practice speaking English with the child?
I would like to turn this questions around and ask YOU a similar question:
Let us say that you get an extraordinary high-paying job in Nepal, and that you move there with your family. Let us say that your child is placed in public schools in Nepal where (s)he is taught in Nepalese.
Do you really think that YOU will be the best Nepalese model for your child to imitate and learn Nepalese? Would you learn Nepalese? Would you be the best teacher of Nepalese your child would have? Would you accept the encouragement of others to learn and practice Nepalese with your child?
It is a matter of modeling: Unless the parents are truly fluent in English, the parents should NOT, should NEVER be encouraged to speak in English to their children. They are the absolutely BEST models of the primary language and they should be encouraged to model what they know BEST. They may NOT be the BEST models in a second language and should NEVER be encouraged to be models of the language they know LEAST.
That is why the ESL teacher and ALL teachers are so absolutely CRUCIAL to the lives of ESL students: THEY ARE the ONLY models of English the child would every hear!!!!!!! Your job as a teacher of Limited English Proficient (LEP) students and as a teacher of English-ONLY speakers who do NOT speak the languages of the different content areas is a CRUCIAL job of modeling for ALL the students. They have NO ONE else but YOU!!!!!!!
Hope these answers help!!!!!!
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