Question: My twins are starting kindergarten in the fall at an English-language school. My English is not very good and I’m worried that I won’t be able to communicate with the teachers. Is there anything I can do?
Answer: You are already taking the first step by voicing your concern to us. It’s great that you aren’t letting a potential language barrier get in the way of being involved in your twins’ education.
When you register your children for school, ask the registration person whom you should contact at the school for communication services. Many schools have bilingual staff or funding available for hiring translators for parent-teacher conferences and other times when you need to speak with teachers or administrators. There are other things you can do to stay involved with your twins’ school life, too.
These tips will help you make the most of your situation, but be sure to ask the school if they have translation services available when you need to speak with your children’s teacher or administrators.
For more information on preparing for the first day of school and bilingual education, please see the Through Elementary and Middle School book in the YOU: Your Child’s First Teacher 3-book set.