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Preparing early childhood teachers to work with young dual language learners

Date Added to Library: 
Tuesday, October 30, 2018 - 13:57
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): 
10.1111/j.1750-8606.2010.00141.x
Priority: 
normal
Individual Author: 
Zepeda, Marlene
Castro, Dina C.
Cronin, Sharon
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Published Date: 
02/11/2011
Published Date (Date): 
Friday, February 11, 2011
Publication: 
Child Development Perspectives
Volume: 
5
Issue Number: 
1
Page Range: 
10-14
Year: 
2011
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Abstract: 

Teacher preparation is clearly linked to the quality of early childhood programs. In order for young dual language learners (DLLs) to be academically successful, teacher preparation should focus on those skills and abilities relevant to students’ particular needs. This article reviews the content of professional preparation for early educators working with young DLLs and briefly discusses the importance of developing the cultural and linguistic diversity of the early childhood workforce. It identifies 6 content areas: (a) understanding language development, (b) understanding the relationship between language and culture, (c) developing skills and abilities to effectively teach DLLs, (d) developing abilities to use assessment in meaningful ways for DLLs, (e) developing a sense of professionalism, and (f) understanding how to work with families. (Author abstract)

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