There are a number of ways you can help ELL students succeed in school.
- Meet regularly with parents to discuss their children’s progress. ELL parents can contribute significantly to improving their children’s academic performance and attitudes towards school.
- Be aware that despite their common core of values, ELLs are diverse and encounter different challenges and opportunities, and thus should be seen as individuals with personal academic strengths and learning styles.
- Assess students’ understanding by asking questions and summarizing at the end of sessions to reinforce students’ understanding.
- Collaborate with teachers to establish a mentoring system.
- Conduct small support groups addressing assertiveness, social skills, time management, study skills, decision-making, and stress management.
- Create multicultural clubs to provide opportunities for students to meet and develop friendships.
- Provide students with career counseling and assist them with college and scholarship applications.
- Establish connections with community counselors to address issues outside the school that affect school performance and retention.
- Advocate for the development of a culturally appropriate pedagogy that welcomes students’ language, culture, and experiences into the school. Counselors, teachers, and administrators who learn about a students’ culture, history, and contributions become better educators and are able to offer a more comprehensive curriculum and holistic counseling approach to all students.