July 8, 2021
Young dual language learners (children aged 3-7 who speak a language other than English at home) are the fastest growing population of children in the United States. The beginning of preschool through the end of first grade is a critical time for young children to begin developing content knowledge, language and literacy, and social and emotional learning skills. To better meet the instructional needs of young dual language learners, early childhood educators need practical and effective instructional approaches that promote multilingualism and enhance foundational literacy skill development. The National Clearinghouse of English Language Acquisition (NCELA) Teaching Practice Brief: Integrating Language into Early Childhood highlights current research findings and evidence-based instructional practices for teaching dual language learners in early childhood settings.
In this webinar, presenters from OELA and WestEd discuss four educator practices that can be enacted to enhance the teaching of dual language learners.