Apply principles of second language learning in young children
Develop an English language learner lesson plan
Understand the cultural values that impact second language development
Identify strategies to connect first and second languages
About this course:
This course focuses on the practical application of research and theory about children’s multilingual language acquisition from birth to six years. Participants will learn to create a welcoming classroom culture for children with diverse identities and experiences and to develop effective teaching strategies to meet the diverse needs of young English language learners. Participants will explore how to offer a developmentally, linguistically, and culturally appropriate classroom ecology that honors families and supports English language development. The course specifically addresses techniques for language transfer, maintaining home language strength, supporting biliteracy, and engaging children’s families to enrich the language and cultural experience in the curriculum and in the classroom.