Involving the parents of EL students in STEM fields can be challenging, as the complex language of these fields may pose difficulties for students and parents alike. Parents need tools to help their children make meaningful connections to the math and science curricula of the school, and schools need to examine approaches to parental involvement that are linguistically appropriate and culturally relevant.
Integrating STEM content with advanced foreign language instruction provides a unique way for students to gain foreign language capacities directly related to promising career pathways. Content and language integrated learning (CLIL), also referred to as content-based language teaching, simultaneously promotes the language required for schooling and targets content knowledge, making this a promising approach for students to gain STEM skills in a foreign language classroom.
National Clearinghouse for English Language Acquisition (NCELA)