Family engagement

1C) Benefits of home language

Provide families with information on home language development and the benefits of bilingualism and encourage them to continue to speak their home language to their children.

Resource List: Ideas and Resources for Parents of EL Students

This website offers an extensive list of online resources that can be shared with families of Multilingual Learners, or used by the teacher in class. Some resources are directly for students to practice language skills, while others are intended to inform teachers and parents about language learning.
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Tip Sheet: Reading Tips with Families (in 16 languages)

Teachers can access eight different literacy tip sheets for families in sixteen different languages. This information bolsters the home-school connection for Multilingual Learners and their families.
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Blog: 6 Strategies to Elevate the Status of Bilingualism

This blog post offers practical ideas to highlight the benefits and strengths of bilingualism in a school community.
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Handout: The Importance of Home Language

This resource provides handouts with information about the benefits of bilingualism, the importance of maintaining the home language, and how families can support their Multilingual Learners. The handouts are available in English, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Haitian Creole, and Russian, and can be used by teachers and families.
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Flyer: Creating Strong Partnerships Between Parents, Educators and Community Members to Offer Bilingual and Biliteracy Programs (Spanish)

This flyer (written in Spanish) provides an overview of Proposition 58 for parents, families, and the school community. It is written to respond to the common question: "Would you like your child to be bilingual and biliterate?"
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Flyer: Creating Strong Partnerships Between Parents, Educators and Community Members to Offer Bilingual and Biliteracy Programs (Punjabi)

This flyer (written in Punjabi) provides an overview of Proposition 58 for parents, families, and the school community. It is written to respond to the common question: "Would you like your child to be bilingual and biliterate?"
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Flyer: Creating Strong Partnerships Between Parents, Educators and Community Members to Offer Bilingual and Biliteracy Programs

This flyer provides an overview of Proposition 58 for parents, families, and the school community. It is written to respond to the common question: "Would you like your child to be bilingual and biliterate?"
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Flyer: Keeping Your Home Language (in 16 languages)

This is a one-page handout available in 16 different languages. The flyer offers reasons for maintaining Multilingual Learners' home languages, as well as suggestions on what families can do to build children's home language skills.
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Website Article: Advocacy Tools-Implementing the English Learner Roadmap and Affirming the Rights of English Learners

There are three bilingual, downloadable guides in this article that help inform families and other community members about California’s English Learner Roadmap. These bilingual resources offer explanations and advice on how to best advocate for Multilingual Learners.
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Strategy Overview: Supporting Oral Language

To develop language, children need many opportunities to practice speaking. This overview describes how teachers can support families to give Multilingual Learners opportunities to practice oral language.
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Strategy Overview: Supporting Bilingualism

Research has proven that the strongest foundation for academic success and high levels of literacy for Multilingual Learners is the development of both their home language and English. This overview describes strategies that schools, teachers, and families can use to support multilingualism.
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Strategy Overview: Celebrating Bilingualism-Pathways to Biliteracy

This document offers a variety of examples for both classroom and school-wide implementation for a Seal of Biliteracy. Now that a biliteracy seal is available in California and other U.S. states, offering high-quality bilingual materials and structuring opportunities to celebrate bilingualism with students and families can begin as early as PreK.
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Flyer: Questions and Answers about Dual Language Learning (Spanish)

This handout is filled with information about various dual language learning models and program terminology. It is particularly useful as a guide for families to ask questions and determine the best classroom placement for their child.
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Video: Bilingualism Through the Eyes of a Student

Students share their ideas about the benefits of being bilingual. They explain why speaking two languages is important and a source of pride.
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Flyer: Myths and Research about Bilingual Development

This document lists common myths about bilingual development and offers research-based responses. It explains dual language instruction for Multilingual Learners, and teaches families about the benefits of home language development.
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Tip Sheet: Communication with Parents/Comunicación con los padres

This bilingual (Spanish) document explains to parents the benefits of speaking a home language. Advice is shared on how to develop oral home language proficiency and provide high-quality and extended talk opportunities for children.
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Flyer: How Families Can Develop Oral Language/Como familias pueden desarrollar lenguaje oral

Teachers can share this flyer in English and/or Spanish with the families of Multilingual Learners. This flyer provides families with learning activities that can support home language development.
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Handout: Support Bilingualism (Spanish)

This handout shares nine different strategies that families can use to support the home language development of their children. Sharing this type of information builds a culture that values dual language learning and family engagement.
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Video: Bilingualism Through the Eyes of Families

Family members share their ideas about the benefits of being bilingual. They explain how speaking two languages is critical to maintain family life and cultural identity.
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Webinar: Exploration of Myths and Facts Regarding Dual Language Learners

In this video Dr. Linda Espinosa, the author of the policy brief, Challenging Common Myths About Dual Language Learners, talks through the research on instruction for PreK-3rd Multilingual Learners.
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Policy Brief: PreK-3rd Challenging Common Myths about Dual Language Learning

This resource provides updated information to challenge common myths that educators, parents and/or community members may have about instruction for PreK-3rd Multilingual Learners. This brief does not need to be read in sequence, as each myth is described in a short section of text.
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