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45 Strategies That Support Young Dual Language Learners


45 Strategies That Support Young Dual Language Learners New

Authors: Shauna L. Tominey Ph.D., Elisabeth C. O'Bryon Ph.D.   Foreword Author: Guadalupe Díaz Ph.D.

ISBN: 978-1-68125-043-4
Pages: 224
Copyright: 2018
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The number of dual language learners in early childhood classrooms is expanding every year—and teachers often feel underprepared to bridge language barriers and effectively meet these students' learning needs. Help is here in this book—a toolbox of today's best strategies for supporting children and families from diverse backgrounds and ensuring the academic and social success of young dual language learners.

Early childhood educators will get an invaluable collection of 45 practical, developmentally appropriate strategies for teaching dual language learners (both Spanish speakers and children who speak other languages). Real-world guidance helps teachers apply each strategy in their own classrooms, and the activities, reflection questions, and resources in Spanish will support educators in strengthening their current teaching practices. A much-needed resource for in-service professional development and preservice courses, this timely book will help educators foster the success of inclusive early childhood classrooms and prevent achievement gaps for dual language learners.

DISCOVER HOW TO
  • Set up and organize your learning environment to support dual language learners
  • Create a diverse classroom community where children’s challenges and needs are anticipated
  • Use culturally responsive classroom management practices that engage diverse learners
  • Strengthen social-emotional learning for dual language learners
  • Promote early academic skills and make learning activities accessible to children of all cultural backgrounds
  • Use music and movement to increase student engagement and boost language development
  • Partner with families and engage them in children’s academic and social-emotional learning


PRACTICAL MATERIALS: Reinforce your learning with classroom activities; chapter quizzes; reflection questions; Spanish songs, vocabulary, and books for the classroom; lists of additional resources; and a glossary. Sample letters and forms help you communicate with families and evaluate student needs (all forms are photocopiable and available online).
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Review by: Sandra Barrueco, The Catholic University of America
"This is exactly the type of information that early childhood professionals need in their training and professional development. It provides an impressive combination of practical and empirically-based recommendations. The writing style is impeccable and the information is presented in a thoughtful manner. "
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Foreword
Note to the Reader
Acknowledgments

1. INTRODUCTION TO DUAL LANGUAGE LEARNERS

2. GETTING STARTED: FOUNDATIONS FOR SUPPORTING DUAL
 LANGUAGE LEARNERS
  Strategy 1: Get Comfortable with Key Terms and Definitions
  Strategy 2: Expand Your Knowledge of Dual Language Learners and Their
  Families
  Strategy 3: Understand the Benefits of Being a Dual Language Learner
  Strategy 4: Support Development of the Home Language and English
  Strategy 5: Implement Culturally Responsive Teaching Practices

3. SETTING UP YOUR CLASSROOM TO SUPPORT DUAL LANGUAGE
 LEARNERS
  Strategy 6: Get to Know the Children in Your Class and Their Families
  Strategy 7: Establish a Welcoming Learning Environment
  Strategy 8: Organize the Classroom to Support Success
  Strategy 9: Embed Best Practices
  Appendix 3.1 Vocabulary Word Lists: Common Words and Phrases for the Beginning
  of the Year
  Appendix 3.2 Sample Parent Questionnaire in English
  Appendix 3.3 Sample Parent Questionnaire in Spanish

4. FOSTERING A CLASSROOM COMMUNITY OF DIVERSE LEARNERS
  Strategy 10: Set the Foundation for Warm and Trusting Relationships
  Strategy 11: Anticipate Children’s Challenges and Needs
  Strategy 12: Create a Classroom Community
  Strategy 13: Frame Diversity as a Strength
  Appendix 4.1 Identifying Student Needs

5. USING CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT PRACTICES THAT SUPPORT
 DIVERSE LEARNERS
  Strategy 14: Narrate Children’s Actions to Promote Self-Regulation and Language
  Development
  Strategy 15: Apply Best Practices to Classroom Management
  Strategy 16: Plan and Support Transitions
  Strategy 17: Be a Positive Role Model for Behavior Standards
  Strategy 18: Keep a Sense of Humor and Be Flexible

6. SUPPORTING SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL LEARNING FOR DUAL
 LANGUAGE LEARNERS
  Strategy 19: Create an Emotionally Supportive Classroom
  Strategy 20: Recognize and Scaffold Children’s Social and Emotional Needs
  Strategy 21: Teach Social and Emotional Skills
  Strategy 22: Support Social and Emotional Development in English and in Each
  Child’s Home Language
  Strategy 23: Involve Families in Children’s Social and Emotional Learning
  Strategy 24: Use a Growth Mindset to Teach Social and Emotional Skills
  Appendix 6.1 Vocabulary Word List: Feeling Words in English and Spanish

7. ENHANCING EARLY ACADEMIC SKILLS FOR DUAL LANGUAGE
 LEARNERS
  Strategy 25: Make Learning Activities Accessible to Diverse Learners
  Strategy 26: Embed Best Practices into Read-Alouds
  Strategy 27: Embed Best Practices into Math and Science Activities
  Strategy 28: Draw Connections Between Activities and Children’s Home Language
  and Culture
  Strategy 29: Engage Families in Children’s Learning
  Appendix 7.1 Vocabulary Word List: Numbers, Shapes, Math Language, and
  Spanish Alphabet
  Appendix 7.2 Classroom Books for the Dual Language Learner Classroom

8. ENGAGING DUAL LANGUAGE LEARNERS THROUGH MUSIC AND
 MOVEMENT
  Strategy 30: Learn About Culture Through Music and Movement
  Strategy 31: Invite Children and Families to Share Music with the Classroom
  Strategy 32: Share Classroom Music with Families
  Strategy 33: Build Children’s Vocabulary and Early Literacy Skills Through Music
  Appendix 8.1 Music Vocabulary
  Appendix 8.2 Children’s Songs in English and Spanish

9. ENGAGING FAMILIES FROM DIVERSE BACKGROUNDS
  Strategy 34: Help Children Prepare for the Transition to School
  Strategy 35: Promote Regular Communication with Families
  Strategy 36: Provide Families with Ways to Be Engaged in School
  Strategy 37: Approach Challenging Conversations with Empathy and Understanding
  Strategy 38: Ask Families for Feedback

10. CONTINUING TO GROW THROUGH PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
  Strategy 39: Develop Cultural Awareness and Adopt Self-Reflective Practices
  Strategy 40: Expand Your Multicultural Knowledge
  Strategy 41: Participate in Professional Development Activities
  Strategy 42: Learn How to Effectively Conduct Assessments
  Strategy 43: Involve Families in Decisions Related to Assessments
  Strategy 44: Understand Mandated Reporting Laws and Regulations
  Strategy 45: Think of Yourself as a Lifelong Learner

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