Children who are Dual Language Learners acquire two or more languages simultaneously, as well as learn a second language while continuing to develop their first language. 

THE WHY

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Requirement

Programs: Head Start

For dual language learners, a program must recognize bilingualism & biliteracy as strengths & implement research-based teaching practices that support their development.

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THE HOW & WHAT

Strategies

ENVIRONMENT & MATERIALS

Effective environments for young dual language learners are intentionally designed to make dual language learners feel welcome, safe & secure. To best meet the needs of dual language learners, here are are few things to consider when creating the classroom environment & selecting materials:

  • Include visual aids such as pictures, photographs, toys & picture books that encourage hands-on learning & peer interaction

  • Incorporate cultural artifacts & educational materials that reflect the cultures & home languages of the children and families

  • Provide safe havens where children are not required to speak

  • Establish consistent, predictable routines & procedures

  • Provide spaces for children to interact in small groups & one-on-one

  • Create spaces where teachers & other adults can interact with dual language learners individually & in small groups

  • Make clear signs & explicit picture cues for interest areas & schedule


COGNATES

Cognates can be an effective tool for helping ELL’s learn vocabulary. Cognates are words in two languages that share a similar meaning, spelling & pronunciation. 30-40% of all words in English have a related word in Spanish

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ENCOURAGE FAMILIES

Encourage families to use their home language with children from birth

Many families worry that using their home language will confuse their child or make it difficult for them to learn English

Help parents understand that children can learn more than one language at the same time

School readiness & school success for children who are dual language learners are tied directly to mastery of their home language

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Reference

Head Start Performance Standard 1302.31 & 1302.51(3) 

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