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Parents

WHAT SHOULD PARENTS SEE TAKING PLACE IN THEIR CHILD’S SCHOOL?

  • Delivering of the curriculum that incorporates the student’s home language or heritage language.

  • Operation of an “Open Door” policy that welcomes all minority community’s  involvement in their child’s education.

  • An education that promotes the inner desire for pupils to become independent learners gathering their own knowledge not just passive receptacles.

  • The implementation of assessment of minority language pupils which fits their developing stages.  Follow up should seek, wherever possible, to take account of the social and educational systems being used, as well as gathering data based on curriculum achievement.

Reference:  
“Empowering Minority Students: Putting Theory into Practice” (Tuafuti,P, & McCaffery,J. (2001) Paper presented at Pasifika Conference.

WHAT QUESTIONS CAN PARENTS ASK THE SCHOOL?

  • Can we be assured that the First Language use at home will not hinder progress at school?

  • What systems of assessment are being used?

  • How can we assist with the second language learning?

  • Are our children making appropriate progress?

  • What have our children learnt? Are they confident in the first / second language?

  • What does the teacher expect from us?

  • What do our children expect from us?

  • Where and how can we get help if we have any concerns?

  • How can we monitor and contribute to our children’s assessment or to the programme?
Do our children enjoy learning in and using a second language and their first language?
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