English – Parent Teacher Interviews (Elementary School)

{“en”:”Going to school, it’s an exciting time. Yes, free field trip. What about a fraction? There’s so much to do… Who can give me an example of a… So much to learn. Richard. So much for a child to try and cope with in a new country. This video is about one of the important ways that parents can help their child succeed in school. Okay, so, boys and girls, I have a letter here that I’d like you to take home to your parents please. It invites your parents to come to our next parent teacher interview, okay? And it’s really important and I’d like to see each and every one of them, all right? Now, parent teacher interviews… Once or twice a year you will be asked to come to your child’s school to talk with the teacher.

The letter will suggest the time but it can be changed if it isn’t convenient for you. Watch for the invitation to what is called the parent teacher interview. Mom, dad, well, the teachers u2013 I don’t know but there’s a letter he gave me. What is it we’re going to? Parent teacher interview. What’s that? What’s wrong? It might be u2013 it might be a teacher wants to meet with us. Okay. What date? Okay, December 2nd. Oh, let me write it down. December 2nd. Hello, welcome to Clark School. It’s nice that you could come tonight. We’ll just check the list. Oh, yes, you’re with our interpreter and you’re down in room four. Thank you. Nice to meet you. Nice to meet you. I am Melissa. Thank you. Meeting the teacher to talk about how your child is progressing may be a new experience for you but it is very important for your child’s success. Most parents are glad to come and hear how they’re child is getting along. And you’re in room ten. Okay. Down this way. Thank you. Thank you. Jennifer will reread words and her sentences… The interview only takes a few minutes and you can bring a friend to help with English if you wish.

Your next step should be… does it sound, right? Some schools can even provide an interpreter. Jennifer [foreign language] Mm-hmm. Welcome to the parent teacher interview. I just wanted to say that I’m very glad that you can make it here this evening. Now, Richard is a very strong student. You must be encouraging him quite a bit at home. That’s okay. Thank you very much. Just to give you an idea of what he’s been doing. Here’s an example of some of his earlier work. And if you take a look at what he’s been writing just recently you can see that he’s progressed quite a reasonable amount. Now, as you can see his sentences are fair but longer. His spelling and grammar are much improved too. Mm. In China, Richard loved to write stories.

Yeah. It’s funny that you mentioned that because actually when he first came here I asked him to write something in his first language. He put some English words there. Yeah. That’s interesting. No, but that’s good… Yeah. …you know, I mean he put in what he knew and then everything else that he didn’t he worked on, you know. The teacher will tell you about your child’s progress and explain how you can help at home. That’s great. That’s good. And we’re happy to hear that but we have a concern about the homework. Oh, okay. So, uh, compared being back in China we didn’t see Richard bring home a lot of homework. Right. Right, that is understandable.

What we normally like to do here is we’ll… …start something off in class. That gives the students a chance to basically if they have any questions that they wish to ask, you know, they can ask myself… Teachers also want to know about your child’s first language skills and the things he likes to do at home. The teacher will also answer your questions about school work, homework and relationships with other students. We are worried about that if Richard is making new friends here. You know, I understand that’s a great concern to a lot of parents especially, you know, when u2013 since Richard’s new to the school but I guarantee you have nothing to worry about.

Richard’s a great sociable child. He’s very involved in the school community. Mm-hmm. Now, do you have any other questions or concerns about Richard at school? Uh, are there any, uh, program for Richard after school? Definitely, there are lots of after school programs, you know, that you can take advantage of. There’s the soccer program, you know, I know that you said… Mm-hmm. Yeah. …Richard likes soccer. Meeting the teacher like this is a good opportunity to learn how well your child is doing. As a parent, it’s always wonderful to hear of your child’s progress but you should also listen carefully for suggestions on how your child can improve and how you can help at home. Okay, as you can see from Richard’s reading mark it would benefit Richard to read a little bit more at home. Do you read… Mm-hmm. …with him often? Yes, we u2013 we read with Richard every evening but sometimes we read in Chinese. Yeah. You know what? That’s u2013 that’s all right. That’s actually a great thing, you know, if… Mm-hmm. …if that’s something that Richard’s more comfortable by all means let him read in Chinese, you know, and then we can gradually get him, you know, um, into exploring, you know…

…certain English language books, you know, but that’s great. So… The teacher may also review their report card and explain how well your child is learning to speak, write and read in English. Can I ask a question? Please, by all means. No, I u2013 I think I understand about this part. Okay. But I have a question here. So, I understand that you grade the students according to different subjects but here, what does… Okay. …this part mean? What the learning skills are is actually u2013 it’s an area where we comment on u2013 not specifically on grading students on academics. More about some of the work habits or study habits that we’d like to see students… Mm-hmm. develop. These are more areas of personal growth that we want to encourage. Well. Thank you very much for coming both of you tonight.

It’s been a pleasure having you here. You know, um, if you have any further questions, comments or concerns, you know, about Richard or anything else that you’d like to ask please feel free to contact me. Many parents do. Mm-hmm. Okay. Meeting once or twice a year like this, you and the teacher can discuss any difficulties before they even begin. Thanks. Good evening. Good evening. How are you doing? Oh, I’m great. How are you doing? Not bad at all. Please come on in. Thank you. I’ve returned grandma. I’m back home. It was great to meet your teacher. What did the teacher say? The teacher said that you did very well in your school. The teacher also said you have made a lot of friends at school… So, the parent teacher interview has many benefits. You get to know the teacher. You see how your child is doing. You learn how you can help your child do even better but one of the greatest benefits is the support your child feels when you come to the school because meeting the teacher connects the most important people in his or her life.

We are very proud of you. So, find out about your child’s parent teacher interviews. Look for the letter that invites you to come. There’s no better way to help your child do well in school.. “}

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