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Phone Bilingual Coaches

Geared to ESL students, a biweekly coaching program to support non native English speakers thrive.

Photo of Luisa Fernanda
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I am a.....

  • Former teacher

Tell us about your idea

Many counties currently partner with private companies to offer ESL coaching at home to k-12 students. Could we move this program to phone bi-weekly calls and make sure that coaches can continue to work wit the same students for the whole academic year?

What part(s) of the pre-COVID school system do you wish to leave in the past? Why?

In the past I have observed that coaches vary and shift during the school year not offering continuity to the student. Also coaches have little information about the student needs or connection to the teachers. How can we equip after school ESL coaches with enough information from teachers and parents to support students accelerate their learning? How can we also equip coaches with resources and access to other services like mental health support and counselors when they encounter challenges

Tell us a little bit about yourself and what inspired you to share this idea.

I used to be an ESL after school coach in Brooklyn - while the idea of the program was important, I received little to no training, no information about the student's academic performance and/or needs and I often ended helping the family with basic needs like accessing food instead not teaching. This support seems extra important when students are not going to school and receiving specific support to learn when English is their second language, but can we adapt this program to avoid the challenges it had in the past? Can we  give coaches the right training and access to resources to support families meet basic needs?

What region are you located in?

  • North America

Where are you located?

San Francisco, CA

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Photo of Rachel Siegel

Thank you for posting your idea, Luisa Fernanda and for focusing on the unique needs of a specific group of students (and their families)! You're raising such an important topic that I hadn't really thought about until now - that ESL students and their families might be struggling even more with the complexities of the remote learning world. I'm intrigued by your choice to include phone conversations rather than a virtual platform - can you share more about this particular choice? As your experience as a tutor involved a significant amount of family support, do you envision that the parent/family/caregiver would also be involved in the phone conversations?

I was also inspired by the idea Games for Learning and Fun by Aparna Khanna - could be an engaging, creative way to think about how ESL tutors can support families during this time. Thank you for sharing!