Dual Language Learners in Diverse Environments in Preschool and Kindergarten
Published by: National Association for the Education of Young Ch
Imprint: The National Association for the Education of Youn
Gain a Richer Understanding of the Interdependent Relationship Among Culture, Language, and Learning
Learn how to implement intentional practices that nurture children’s bilingual identities and augment their growth in all developmental domains. Educators working with children ages 3 through 6 can apply the concepts and strategies explored in this valuable resource in a variety of early childhood settings and contexts.
Using current and foundational research, this book provides developmentally and linguistically appropriate guidance for intentional and purposeful practices with children, their families, and other members of the school community.
In each chapter, you’ll find
- Discussion of a key concept from a developmental and asset-based perspective that focuses on the role of a child’s home language and their family in the educational process
- Examples of children’s and teachers’ experiences within an educational context
- Idea Boxes that provide practical ways for educators to apply their understanding in practice
- Definitions of key terms
- Answers to frequently asked questions
- Connections to NAEYC Early Learning Program Accreditation Standards
For faculty! A sample syllabus and sample activities connected to each chapter can be found online at NAEYC.org/essentials-supporting-DLLs
About the Book
Part 1: Understanding the Essentials
- Chapter 1: Who are Your Dual Language Learners?
- Chapter 2: What Does it Mean to Develop Two Languages?
- Chapter 3: What Should I Consider When Implementing a Dual Language Program?
Part 2: Supporting Learning and Development
- Chapter 4: Creating Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Environments for Dual Language Learners
- Chapter 5: Understanding and Facilitating Play
- Chapter 6: Developing Bilingualism and Biliteracy Across the Content Areas
- Chapter 7: Learning Through a Second Language
- Chapter 8: Designing Authentic Assessment
- Chapter 9: A Glimpse into Ms. Rocha’s Classroom: An Integrated Lesson
About the Authors
This book provides educators with a comprehensive overview of dual language education and how to best meet the educational needs of dual language learners. The book is an excellent resource because it gives tools and strategies to guide emerging dual language educators. ~Rebecca A. Heneise,, UCLA Lab School
In this timely and reader-friendly book, the authors present important guidance to early childhood educators on how to create additive bilingual education learning experiences and classroom environments for young bilingual learners. The book offers practical perspectives and developmentally appropriate practices that promote and celebrate young dual language learners’ linguistical and cultural assets. ~Sonia W. Soltero, DePaul University
This book is a celebration of children particularly those who are blessed to be learning two languages simultaneously. Focusing on the strengths and assets of dual language learners and their families, this book applies the principles of dual language to early childhood contexts offering concrete and assets-based guidance for schools and teachers. The field has been clamoring for a book on early childhood dual language development for decades and this book fills that void. ¡Felicidades to the authors! ~Kathy Escamilla, University of Colorado, Boulder
The Essentials: Supporting Dual Language Learners in Diverse Environments in Preschool and Kindergarten text truly is a comprehensive resource on dual language instruction. Readers are provided with easily implementable ideas and teaching strategies that support all children, especially dual language learners. Resources are solidly grounded in foundational research about language acquisition. This text is a must-read for early childhood educators.
I wish that I had this text when I first began my career as an early childhood educator. Though I am now well into my career, I found myself learning new concepts and getting ideas for innovative ways to create a classroom that honors cultural and linguistic diversity. This text highlights strategies that are not only best practice for dual language learners, but for all children.~Laura Latta, University of Oklahoma Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education
Comprehensive, well-researched, and well-organized . . . this book is reflective of the authors’ deep knowledge of young dual language learners (DLLs) that comes from their own experiences, studies, and myriad opportunities to engage with DLLs in schools. This book is a must-read for administrators and teachers seeking educational guidance that esteems the languages and cultures of the children they serve. ~Lisa Tabaku, Director, Global Languages, Center for Applied Linguistics