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Anonymous January 30, 2009


I am having a hard time with my sons school. They have ESOL there but take him out of the room once a week. On the homepage of ESL for his school they state they say in the room with the child and when the teacher teaches they help the child understand what the teacher is saying. Well, not happening here..The teacher in Sept told me your child is reading well everything will be fine. Then I go to a parent teacher meeting two days ago and the teacher said your child will not go to third grade if he is not reading by april..mind you its Jan..So I called Sylvan and paying them to do a job ESL should be doing. What makes me mad is the ESOL teacher said..if you child needs a tutor my daughter can do it for you at 7.50 an hour!! I thought to myself..wait..if you cant help me and your the Esl teacher than how is someone not certified going to help my son! I am mad very mad. When I asked about an after school tutoring I was told about paying this ladies kid to help him..I know they have tutors

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dhfl143 January 30, 2009


Is English your child's second language?

What specific issues with reading is he having? Has Sylvan done an assessment? What were the results and what did they recommend?

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Mother1999 January 30, 2009


Well he knew some Russian...not much..knows more English now but has a hard time. Yes they did a assessment on him..they said he is at grade one level and to get him to grade two level it will take 146 hours. When he reads to me..I will skip a page and he will say what is on the page I skipped he is memorizing the books..If I read a book two times to him he can say word from word what the book is saying without looking at the book..put when I give him a book I didnt read he cant read it..or could but takes him a very long time to read one sentence and he gets frustrated with it.

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dhfl143 January 30, 2009


Does he have a hard time speaking in English? Is he able to pronounce the words accurately? Does he understand most of the words being spoken?

Take a look at the following web site:

http://www.readingrockets.org/helping/target/otherissues


Scroll down to the section on English Language Learners.

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DEEYANA January 30, 2009


hmmmm. I would write the ESOL teacher and principal a letter asking for a copy of ESL qualification for the in room ESOL services you saw on the their website. 30 min a week does not seem like much. I would also request a copy of your child's English proficiency test scores and a copy of the time qualification guildlines.

When my son was in ESOL he qualified for 30 min a day. Other kids that were less proficient qualified for more time.

If they don't get back to you. I will call the districts ESOL dept and explain your situation .

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Mother1999 January 30, 2009


he dont pronounce words well at all..for with he says wif and actually spells it the way he says it...I did call the director of esl and they are pretty mad that they are pulling him out of class and that the esl teacher suggested her daughter tutor him for 7.50 an hour. The test scores they showed me at a meeting in Sept they claim he could read..which I was in shock cause working with him at home..he wasnt good at all in the reading department..but as I said now in Jan. they are telling me he cant read..its a mess and I am hoping to get some help from the esl director. I just wished if they knew he was having a hard time in school they would of noticed it months ago and told me..I was told I could pass him on but sylvan will have to work with him all through the summer to get him at 2nd grade level..its going to be hard work for him..If they would of did the job right in the first place with the esl it wouldnt be this hard for him. I called the principle two days ago and havent got a call back..I got her answer machine..I will however ask for the test results..thank you for your reply

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DEEYANA January 30, 2009


One thing I've leaned when dealing with the public school system is that they do not always tell you the truth! Especially if your child needs something.

Put your request in writing and you will see how fast they ll get back to you. And don't believe anything unless you view it for yourself.

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DEEYANA January 30, 2009


If he is also having trouble pronouncing words in Russian, he may have a speech delay. The school can test him for this and provide him with speech therapy if he qualifies?

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dhfl143 January 30, 2009


mother1999 -

The original link above did not post correctly. I have since edited the original post, but am again reposting the corrected link again as a potential resource for you to investigate:

http://www.readingrockets.org/helping/target/otherissues

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TeacherParent February 9, 2009


To retain your son in second grade - they must have your permission to do so. If you don't want him retained, he won't be.
There's good research that shows if your son reads every night for 20 minutes - in a book that's very comfortable for him - just that 20 minutes every night can improve his reading skills a great deal. If someone can read to him every night - from a different book - that can help a great deal too.
Good luck with this- I'd be frustrated too. Maybe sometime you could ask them why their webpage clearly states that ESL children will have an ESL teacher in the room with them yet all your son is given is a once a week class.

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Mother1999 February 10, 2009


Thank you ..I hate to pass him on it would be not good for him..I put him in sylvan and kumon plus we do our part here at home with one hour a day. What I do however have in the plans is a new school..I work for the Cobb County Schools..I can bring him anywhere and next year I am taking advantage of this



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