The importance of home language leaflet

EMAS has produced leaflets for schools to give to parents about the importance of home language.  It is available in many languages: Arabic, Bengali, Bulgarian, Chinese, Czech, English, Farsi, French, German, Hungarian, Kurdish, Lithuanian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Spanish, Tagalog, Thai and Turkish.  The message it gives is that: Your home language is important.  It is part of you and your child/ren’s identity.

To keep this alive:

  • allow time for your child to play with other children who share your common language;
  • do not be afraid to use your language in public;
  • teach your child the different names of the languages they hear around them;
  • help your child to feel proud of his/her languages. This will help him/her develop strong cultural identity;
  • if your child prefers using English words, you can still respond and repeat back what they said in your own language.

Remember to:

  • look at your child as you talk. This helps him/her to see your facial expression and how you form words;
  • make ‘special time’ for you and your child when you can play together;
  • give lots of opportunities and time for your child to respond to you.
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Rubi Giles,
Jan 17, 2014, 6:01 AM
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Rubi Giles,
Jan 17, 2014, 6:01 AM
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Rubi Giles,
Jan 17, 2014, 6:01 AM
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Rubi Giles,
Jan 17, 2014, 6:01 AM
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Rubi Giles,
Jan 17, 2014, 6:01 AM
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