At the beginning of the school year, your child’s teacher will get to know the English level of your child. Knowing your child’s English level in listening, speaking, reading, and writing is important. It helps teachers know the best way to teach your child English in each subject area. Teachers may use one or more tests when your child arrives at school to help them get to know your child’s English level.
It may take several years for your child to become fluent in English. The English used for talking with family and friends develops more quickly, while the English used for explaining and discussing topics in school subjects takes longer.. It is normal for children to learn English at their own speed.
Helping your child to maintain their home language(s) will support them to learn English and all languages better. You can help your child continue building their home language(s) through family games, stories, and songs.
More information for parents on their child’s EAL learning can be found at New Learn Alberta.