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  • Meredith

    January 27, 2022 at 6:32 pm

    I have used a phone translator app to communicate in their native language with parents who don’t speak English. It worked pretty well, and parents appreciated the extra effort I took to convey the message to them.

  • Krista Starr

    May 8, 2022 at 9:50 pm

    From my experience parents often are able to read English so a way to communicate is through email. Keep the words concise and separate the subjects being discussed.

  • Sam

    June 29, 2022 at 10:15 am

    As a French native but fluent in English, when I have families where parents do not speak much English I use a translator, either on my phone or via email as it is easier for them to read and translate then send me a response. I also ask if they have other family or friends that could help translate.

  • Hurryguru

    July 11, 2022 at 6:01 am

    Translator will be a helpful tool. but in some cases it will not help for that issue.

  • Danielle

    August 28, 2022 at 3:57 am

    I try to ask the parents how they would feel most comfortable communicating, I’ve used a translator, a translation app and simple words in an email.

  • Ada

    October 7, 2022 at 6:41 pm

    Try and supply books in class that are available in both English and the child’s home language so that parents have the opportunity to read these same books at home

  • Jenny

    December 5, 2022 at 4:31 pm

    Ask questions, listen and learn about them. Even if you need to use a method of translation. Helps them feel comfortable builds trust when you validate their diversity

  • Heather

    December 12, 2022 at 2:58 am

    I believe it is important to build a sense of trust and security and provides variety of activities for learning so all children have an opportunity to learn

  • Tammy

    February 17, 2023 at 8:24 pm

    I used a phone translator app if someone wasn’t available. We took our time talking back and forth making sure each of us understood the other.

  • Lisa

    March 27, 2023 at 8:22 pm

    I agree that it’s important to take your time so both parents and teachers understand one another. The phone translator is a great idea as well, I also think it’s important to begin learning some key words in their language. This will help in building a rapport with the parents and they will be very appreciative that you took the time to learn their language.

  • Tammy

    December 18, 2023 at 8:29 pm

    I ask my Parents for a list of comments words or phrases they use at home.

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