Courses in this series include:
501LA - Korean-Parents
501LB - Korean-Students
501LC - Spanish-Parents
501LD - Spanish-Students
501LE - Russian-Parents
501LF - Russian-Students
501LG - Cantonese-Parents
501LH - Cantonese-Students
501LI - Vietnamese-Parents
501LJ - Vietnamese-Students
501LK - Hmong-Parents
501LL - Hmong-Students
Probably the most important step that can be taken to ensure a good alliance between teachers and parents is for the teacher to establish personal relationships. Between cultures, unfortunately, students, parents, and teachers are often at a disadvantage. This is usually due to misconceptions and a lack of information about each other. In fact, the attitudes and behaviors that are assumed to enhance the education process are often contradictory. These contradictions can result in weakening the emotional and academic support system that children need to be successful in school. To minimize this dilemma it is invaluable for the teacher to have some background knowledge regarding the home culture of families that may be limited in understanding the philosophy and workings of schools in the United States.
Because most teachers do not have the time and energy it takes to learn another language, this class becomes extremely valuable in that in a short period of time, the teacher can become comfortable enough to hold an effective parent conference.
These classes will give you knowledge, practical tips and vocabulary to help establish a positive rapport when conferencing with limited English speakers, whether parent or student.
- Read course instructions, which are available to you after your registration is processed. (Course instructions and CD's are no longer shipped to students)
- Background cultural information
- Tips on conferencing
- Checklist for setting up a conference with limited English speakers
- Listen, read and practice. You will have access to a MP3 audio file of vocabulary (CD's are no longer available) and a list of key words and phrases in the target language.
- Recording assignment: After sufficient practice and to the best of your ability, you will record on an audiotape key words and phrases. Accuracy is not important, just effort.
- Write a mock conference script: Using your list of key words and phrases you will compose a short dialogue that you might have with a parent or student.
HOW DO I RECEIVE MY COURSE INSTRUCTIONS?
After registering for a course, allow 48 business hours and then your course instructions will be available through this website. Log in to our website by using your email address and password. Go to MY ACCOUNT and the course instructions and MP3 audio file of vocabulary will be there for you to download. Please allow 48 business hours for this access.
For course content information, contact USD Professional and Continuing Education at firstname.lastname@example.org.