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Posted on April 18, 2013 7:38 pm
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ehyQyD
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Non English. Speaking parent
If there is a scenario where you have parent/guardian(s) that do not speak the English language; how would you handle different parental involvement issues you may encounter?
 
     
     
 
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Solution 1
Posted April 18, 2013 7:44 pm

uteHaM
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Many schools have employed translators now a days to help with this problem, due to a growing diverse population. We can always remember that many ESOL teachers are trained to deal with communication issues that arise when there are language barriers, it may be wise to ask an ESOL teacher for tips or help when it comes to dealing with parents that do not speak the same language as you. Finally, if you know that your classroom contains many Spanish speaking students, for example, one could take the time to learn the basics of the Spanish language since it may be useful not only to talk to non-English speaking parents, but to better communicate with any Spanish speaking ESOL students your may have.
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Brianne Blowers
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I think these are great strategies to help with this situation.
  Posted on: October 19, 2014 10:10 pm

raWubu
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I like this idea. I would use this idea in this situation. It is important to utilize all the tools you can.
  Posted on: October 20, 2014 12:34 am

uJabaz
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Excellent suggestion!
  Posted on: February 26, 2015 6:41 pm

Danielle Brock
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This idea would be very logical. I would do the same.
  Posted on: March 1, 2015 10:35 pm

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Solution 2
Posted April 18, 2013 7:50 pm

LanuRy
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You could also use a translator on the Internet to write an email to the parents. See what happens and if the parents to respond.
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ezaDyR
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I definitely encourage a translator in the meeting. I would try my best to make them feel comfortable in the classroom and will do my best to accommodate them.
  Posted on: October 18, 2014 12:42 am

raWubu
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I like this idea, but I would want a trained professional to help guide me. It is vital that there is no communication issues with a parent teacher conference.
  Posted on: October 20, 2014 12:34 am

uJabaz
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Excellent suggestion!
  Posted on: February 26, 2015 6:42 pm

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Solution 3
Posted April 21, 2013 7:11 pm

resabu
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Most schools have a translator or has someone that knows other languages and you can use them as resources to talk with the parents. Sometimes if the information needed to be passed on is wither good news or something that is not getting the student in trouble, then you can have the students translate for you. I would also send any notes home in the parents home language. That why you are not relying on the stuent to give the parents the information and the parents will get the right information the first time.
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uJabaz
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Excellent suggestion!
  Posted on: February 26, 2015 6:41 pm

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Solution 4
Posted July 10, 2016 7:40 pm

juWuPe
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Send home assignments or memos in the parents language.
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