• Suggestions for Parents
    to Support Second Language Learning

    1. Inform yourself.  Become knowledgeable about the program.
    2. Be supportive at all times.  Your child's success in the program will be affected by your attitude.
    3. Encourage your child to speak the Second Language at home if he/she wants to, but do not force him/her to do so.
    4. Be supportive of the program and the teacher.  Try to keep the lines of communication open.
    5. Try to take advantage of situations that increase your child's exposure to the language and its culture.
    6. Encourage your child to read in the Second Language.
    7. Encourage your child to watch television programs and listen to radio programs in the Second Language.
    8. Show your child how pleased you are with his/her progress.  Be proud of your child's achievement.
    9. Emphasize your child's successes.
    10. Try to attend cultural events with your child.

    The preceding was obtained from the River East School Division, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada R2K 2P7, phone (107) 667-7130, fax (204) 661-5618

    It is reprinted with permission from the New York State Association of Foreign Language Teachers.