Establishing communication channels helps teachers to learn more about the children, their history and their home environment, but it also helps parents on learning more about what happens in school.
While in the past it was common practice to refrain children from speaking their mother tongue in school, compelling evidence has been showing the benefits of supporting children’s learning across languages and through the inclusion of their mother tongue.
Research shows that dual language books are effectiveOver the last 20 years countries in Europe have seen an increase of approximately 20% in the population that speaks a language other…
Often times children are unsure as to when to use their home language in school. Teachers can unknowingly send mixed signals as to when it is appropriate and when it is not, which may result in children not using their L1 at all.
We know that creating a comfortable envinronment is important for all children and in particular for those who are learning English. It is important that these children see their homes and their identities represented in their school environment. This is why teachers should incorporate elements that children can recognise, such as language, culture and tradition.