Language Interpretation in American K-12 Schools

by Doug Price

The provision of language interpretation services in
American schools is guided by federal legislation, including the Civil Rights
Act of 1964 and the Equal Educational Opportunities Act of 1974. These laws
mandate that school districts must take reasonable steps to overcome language
barriers that impede students’ equal access to education. As a result, school
districts have implemented various strategies to meet the language needs of
their diverse student populations.

These strategies play a crucial role in ensuring effective
communication and educational equity for students who are non-native English
speakers or have limited proficiency in the English language. But the key
consumers of interpretation services are parents, not students. For the most
part, these students are 2nd and 3rd generation Americans
who grow up speaking English outside the home even if they still speak their
native tongue at home with their parents.

Parents are the ones who most often rely on interpretation
services to be active participants in their children’s education and make
informed decisions regarding their development. Interpretation services are
commonly used during parent-teacher conferences, Individualized Education
Program (IEP) meetings, and other school-related events. Interpreters help
bridge the communication gap between parents and teachers, ensuring that
important information is conveyed accurately. Services also extend to written
materials. Schools may provide translated documents, such as newsletters,
permission slips, and report cards, to ensure that parents who are not
proficient in English can stay informed about their child’s progress and school
activities.

Challenges still exist though. Limited funding, a shortage
of trained interpreters, and the need for ongoing professional development are
some of the obstacles that school districts must overcome. Technology is making
strides to overcome some of the obstacles like cost and availability of local
professional interpreter talent. So, we see more interpretation occurring by
phone and video conference these days.

With the increasing diversity in classrooms across the
United States, it is essential to provide adequate language support to parents
in order to promote their children’s academic success. The United States is a
melting pot of cultures, and its schools reflect this diversity. Students from
various linguistic backgrounds bring unique perspectives and enrich the
learning environment. However, language barriers can and have posed significant
challenges to these students’ academic progress by limiting parents’ access to
information.

By providing linguistic support through bilingual staff,
trained interpreters, and technological tools, schools can bridge the language
gap and promote academic success among diverse student populations by way of
their parent’s inclusion. It is imperative for schools to continue investing in
language interpretation services and implementing comprehensive strategies to
meet the unique needs of English language learners, fostering an inclusive and
enriching educational experience for all.

To learn more about LTC and language interpretation call us at 888-456-1626.

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I have had wonderful interpreters from LTC in the past, who have done a great job providing precise and accurate interpretation. Ms. Li, however, goes far above and beyond what is expected. I’m so very grateful for her exceptional service to both this family and to ZCS.

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Anonymous

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Meeting Event Manager

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Nissan student from Japan.

We meet virtually now. He even gave me a cooking lesson….he tried his best to do it in Japanese but we ended up doing most of it in English ????. While I may have learned less words, I certainly got to learn how to make tempura!!

Patrick (Happy Student in Tokyo)

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Kimberly, thank you for your training, all your explanation and criticism, and so much helpful information and tools you’ve shared these past weeks. You inspired me to write more and become more proficient in this craft. GREATLY APPRECIATED!!!

US Government Student Taking Writing Classes

Joseph was an excellent instructor. He was very dedicated to teaching me the language skills I needed for my upcoming assignment.

Student from Government Program

Thank you so much for your interpretation service – it has been a blessing to work with you and has been so helpful in a meaningful way!

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D. Triviño

Hi Wendy, I spoke with Stefano today and he sang praises for you, their English teachers and the CC trainer.

Relocation Counselor

I appreciate you, Anya and Lauren for leading the training. It was very beneficial and I got to immediately use some of the material in my class.

Language Training Workshop Teacher

Kathleen, you have been an amazing and reliable addition to this student’s team for the past five school years. I want to express my gratitude to you as well as gratitude from the parents and student. We all appreciate your dedication to his access success!

Student’s School to Our Teacher

Thank you. I appreciate what you do to help our Company succeed with better communication for our fellow employees.

Director of Human Resources – Staffing Company

Our ENL (English and a New Language) team refers to her as a superhero and it’s no joke—she is truly amazing! Kitty does so much more than just interpret our conferences. She is someone who understands how school works and who can give us important cultural context, which is incredibly valuable.

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D. Sriyunilawati

Gabi was afraid to tackle speaking, until we just starting talking. She has now put out a yoga video with her speaking English. She will teach this class twice a week.

Maggie (Teacher in Atlanta, GA)

Thank You For All Of Everyone’s Help With Fumiya. We Have All Seen Him Grow With The Ability To Communicate On The Daily Tasks. I Will Definitely Keep You On My Contacts In Future Situations Thank You Again Have A Great Day.

J.

I Really Have Appreciated The Classes With Nancy – She Is Wonderful Teacher And I Was Very Motivated To Learn More (And Always Felt Badly When I Struggled Because She Inspires One To Want To Be/Do Better). I Am Very Appreciative Of Having Had This Opportunity To Work With All Of You. It Is One Of The Very Best Language Classes I Have Taken In Years.

A. West

Thanks Wendy for all your help! You are a terrific manager. What a difference between my GLobal LT experience and working with you!!

Teacher

Thank you so much to all of you for this workshop, I absolutely loved all the information you shared and will definitely continue to address cultural differences in class.

French Instructor

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French Student

The instructor [Jeff] taught me not only English but also American culture, history, and food culture. He also gave me advice on getting a driver’s license, buying a car and furniture. Thanks to him, I started jogging and became healthier. He has helped me to make a full start in my new life. Thank you for introducing me to a very wonderful instructor.

Japanese student learning English

Their phone interpretation service is a very easy and convenient service for us to use when we are seeing patients in the office. Douglas Price is a great person there and is very good at communicating with our practice and helping us with anything we need. Great company!

Practice Manager

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Student in Mexico

I thoroughly enjoy working with him. He has all the proper material and the patience. our classes are very instructive and he doesn’t waste time.  Alvaro has been really good at being able to construct the pieces and then put them in place so that it all comes together and becomes usable. 

Spanish student

Thank you for organizing these workshops for teachers, we learn so much from each other and grow to be better instructors.

Language Training Instructor

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J. Brogan

This Year Went Very Well. The Interpreters Were There On Time Every Day And Very Helpful To Catherine. I Did Not Have To Think Twice About Their Service. Thank You.

C. Carol

I’m so grateful to have you interpreting these important and complex issues for our student!

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C. Muth

When Covid hit we were cautious allowing anyone but the patient in the office and this is a wonderful helping hand in the matter.

Interpreting Location Manager

Thank you both very much for all you do. This translation project will go incredibly far in informing many of our Veterans and their families, on the important facts and information surrounding our current pandemic.

EEO Specialist (Equal Employment Opportunity)

I wanted to say thank you for matching me with such a good teacher. I really feel much more confident after just a few lessons and this makes such a difference in my day to day happiness and feeling in Japan – the power to communicate is really important to me.

Japanese student

My Classes With Connie Have Been Excellent. I Would Even Go So Far As To Say That They Have Exceeded My Expectations.

M. Bush

Thank You So Much, I Really Enjoy My Classes With Joyce I Love Her She Is Very Nice Teacher.

J. Nolaya

Ben and Andrea did a superb job, and were very prompt and courteous. I would highly recommend them for similar jobs in the future. Thank you, Sadie and Paige, for working with us as we make our show more inclusive.

ASL Client

Several months of training with Judith passed very quickly. It was interesting, the atmosphere was great, I will miss our lessons!

Project Management Employee

I cannot express enough great things about this experience. Jeancois was absolutely fantastic- professional, flexible, and dynamic- qualities I have found that some interpreters don’t always demonstrate when working with the pediatric population.

Bilingual Professor

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Cultural Training Student in Nebraska

On behalf of Freedom House, I would like to sincerely thank you for you and your team’s services today. Your presence helped us to ensure that the event went smoothly and that all of the attendees were able to participate. Thank you so much!

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