Gooood morning. I work in an inner-city school in Philadelphia, and many of our students' parents are from Africa. Most of them speak English well enough, though with an accent, and we don't have a problem communicating with them. However, there are a few parents, namely the parents of two of my students, who are extremely difficult to understand. Now, here is the thing. They both insist they speak only English. I am sure they do -- it is just heavily accented English. This is a problem only at report card conferences, when it is extremely difficult to understand some of the things they say, and when we are not sure whether they fully understand what we say. The main concern I have is with their boys. The two of them are relatively strong "readers" but their comprehension is really low. I don't really know what to do -- they do not have accents, but they speak in sort of jumbled English -- incomplete sentences and thoughts. I don't know how to best instruct these children. I feel that ignoring what I know about their families does them a disservice, but that putting too much emphasis on it also does them a disservice. I am worried that my efforts at improving their comprehension will be for naught if I do not adjust my instruction to take into account their language differences, but I do not know how to adjust my instruction in that way. Any thoughts?