Conversation group – In a conversation group, EL students can practice English in a safe setting, share information about their culture and personal experiences, develop social-emotional skills and learn local culture from peers.
College group – A college group can introduce EL students to the college system in the U.S., help them with admissions requirements and applications, offer writing workshops, bring in guest speakers, assist with financial aid and scholarships and offer field trips to local colleges.
Provide families with resources. Organizations such as Catholic Community Services, the Refugee and Immigrant Center – Asian Association of Utah, and the English Skills Learning Center provide many services. Families of EL students can be a great resource for expanding cultural conversations in schools. Make sure they have a place at the table.
Arrange for a translator to be present at meetings with families of English learners. It is respectful to face the family during the conversation, not the translator.
Provide translated correspondence, resources, and documents in preferred language.