Early Childhood Action Collective

Working with Young Dual Language Learners and their Families

Posted on October 9, 2017

In our latest brief, Working with Young Dual Language Learners and their Families, Peggy Hickman examines the increasing need to support young children who are dual language learners. This is a critical need in Philadelphia where nearly 25% of school-age children live in homes where a language other than English is spoken. Hickman identifies who these young learners are, recommends best practices to support them, and shares resources available for early learning programs. Hickman describes the six levels of second language acquisition and how teachers can support children in the classroom at each level. This report also recognizes the benefits of being bilingual or multilingual, a common attribute in many communities across the world.


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