Parenting for Academic Success: A Curriculum for Families Learning English
Janet M. Fulton,
Parenting for Academic Success: A Curriculum for Families Learning English is a 12–unit curriculum designed for parents who speak a language other than English as a native language.
Its goals are two–fold:
Parents learn and practice new concepts in the classroom, then transfer their learning to their home with take–home activities that help their children prepare for and succeed in school. The curriculum focuses on three parenting skill areas:
The curriculum has two components—a set of Parent Workbooks for all 12 units and a comprehensive Teacher’s Resource Manual. The curriculum is accompanied by a paper outlining the research base for the curriculum (developed by staff of the Center for Applied Linguistics). Download a copy of the research base.
The organizational framework for each unit follows the stages of a lesson:
Each unit in the Teacher’s Resource Manual provides
The research article outlines four research-based principles that should guide classroom instruction with English language learners.
Principle 1: Language teaching is most effective when instruction is provided in a context that is meaningful to students’ lives. This is especially true for adult learners, who bring years of experience to the classroom. Best practices in English as a second language (ESL) education integrate language and content instruction.
Principle 2: Language learners need to have opportunities to practice the structures, vocabulary, and strategies they are learning.
Principle 3: All parents play a critical role in supporting their children’s language, literacy, and cognitive development. Parents learning English should recognize that second language learning and literacy are built upon a strong foundation of first language (L1) and culture, which should be explored and celebrated in the home.
Principle 4: All parents should share books with their children. Parents and other family members should read to and with their children in whatever language they feel most comfortable using. Literacy in two languages is an academic advantage.
Development of Materials for Children and Adults Learning English
The National Center for Family Literacy provides training on the use of the Parenting for Academic Success curriculum. To schedule a training, contact Janet Fulton, National Center for Family Literacy, 502-584-1133, ext. 170.
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