English Learner Updates & Resources for Remote Learning
POSTED ON: APRIL 27, 2020 - 9:08AM
English Learner Updates and Resources for Remote Learning
Hello SEB Families,
I hope that everyone is staying healthy during this unprecedented time. SEB is committed to providing remote support to all our SEBRSD students and family members by providing guidance regarding the structure and educational resources for the opportunities to support the maintenance of skills in all related service areas and specialized programming.
Remote learning is not synonymous with online learning. Remote learning can take place in a multitude of ways, including by helping students engage with resources in their everyday lives and the natural world around them. Remote learning also provides unique opportunities to further engage students in the arts or interdisciplinary work.
If you speak a language other than English at home with your child, we suggest that you continue to encourage your child to learn this language! Speaking two or more languages is suitable for your child's brain, helps them communicate with families, improves their English comprehension, and is an advantage in our globalized world.
Here are some ways to encourage your child’s progress towards language and literacy:
● Read books or tell stories in your native language or English.
● Encourage your child to practice reading in English or your native language at home, silently and aloud:
Before reading, ask them what they think the book will be about
○ During a reading, pause at different points to ask, "What's happening now?" or "Why do you think the character did that?" or "What do you think might happen next?"
○ After reading, ask, “Can you retell the story?” or “What was the author’s purpose?” or “What would you have done differently?”
● Have conversations with your child in your native language or English about topics you both like.
● Encourage your child to look up English words they do not know, either on the phone, on the computer, or in a bilingual dictionary.
● Find reasons for your child to write thank-you notes, birthday cards, a daily journal, or even the family grocery list. Encourage your child to read what he/she wrote aloud.
Here are online sites where you can access free books in multiple languages:
Online access to 35,000+ books for students in PreK-6 (English and Spanish)
Read-aloud of children’s books (Multiple languages)
Read-aloud of children’s fables (Multiple languages)
Audiobooks for Pre-K-12th grade students (Multiple languages)
We hope that you and your families are staying healthy, and we invite you to reach out to the team with any questions. The SEBRSD knows that we cannot get through these difficult and uncertain times without each other. We assure all of you we will be there for our students and families even in the face of extended closures.
Thank you for your continued support of the Spencer-East Brookfield Regional School District. Stay healthy and well, and as a united team, we will get through this evolving health crisis.
Kara A. Westerman M.Ed., M.S., CCC-SLP
Director of Student Services
Marie Hutchens District EL Coordinator
Resources for remote learning opportunities can be found at: