This topical guide on supporting dual language learners in early childhood will introduce you to important books, videos, and information resources available from the EI Clearinghouse.
Contact us to request a resource listed below (or ask your local public librarian).
- 7 Steps to Raising a Bilingual Child
Naomi Steiner and Susan L. Hayes
P 115.2 .S822 2009 227033771
This book is a resource for parents raising their child bilingually. Steiner and Hayes expose common myths about bilingualism, explain how the brain learns multiple languages, answer some frequently asked questions, and provide the reader with a variety of resources to help them along their journey of raising a bilingual child.
- Dual Language Development and Disorders: A Handbook on Bilingualism and Second Language Learning
Fred Genesee, Johanne Paradis, and Martha B. Crago
WL 340.2 .G326 2004 54372974
Paul H. Brookes Publishing, 2004
This book is written for professionals working with early childhood students who are bilingual or learning a second language. It may help speech-language pathologists and educators determine whether language is typically developing or if there is a delay as they work with children and their families.
- Introducing English as an Additional Language to Young Children: A Practical Handbook
PE 1128 .A2 .C951 2007 123114274
Paul Chapman Publishing, 2007
This handbook will help teachers meet individual needs and develop the confidence of young children with English as an additional language in their classrooms. There also are practical and varied language teaching strategies for promoting learning for children working individually or in small groups.
- Learning to Read the World: Language and Literacy in the First Three Years
Sharon Rosenkoetter and Joanne Knapp-Philo.
P 118 .R814 2006 60603160
Zero to Three Press, 2006
A collection of journal articles addressing the issues of early childhood and the development of language and literacy. Provides a good understanding how language evolves from infancy through toddlerhood.
- Many Languages, One Classroom: Teaching Dual and English Language Learners: Tips and Techniques for Preschool Teachers
PE 1128 .A2N21 2009 311262960
Gryphon House 2009
Written with early childhood professionals and staff in mind, each chapter addresses a common question that may arise in a dual-language early childhood classroom. With a wide range of topics from assisting families in crisis who do not speak much English to addressing the needs of bilingual infants and toddlers with special needs.
- Teaching and Learning in Two Languages: Bilingualism and Schooling in the United States
Eugene E. García
LC 3731 .G216 2005 56942116
Teachers College Press, 2005
This book is a resource for anyone interested in the state of bilingual education in the United States. García takes a look at effective curriculum and instructional approaches used with English language learners in the American school system.
Contact us to request a resource listed below (or ask your local public librarian). Some videos may be viewed online.
- Assessment of Bilingual Learners: Language Difference or Disorder?
3 hour, 25 minute DVD plus resource guide
LC 3731 .A846r 2003 85812624
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2003
This DVD/guide combination provides vital information about normal second language acquisition processes as well as a discussion of the phenomena of bilingualism as a foundation for distinguishing between language differences and disabilities in English language learner (ELL) students. Assessment considerations and techniques used to differentiate between language difference and disability in ELL students are highlighted.
- Effective Interventions for English Language Learners
2 hour, 20 minute DVD plus resource guide
LC 3725 .R436 2007 228407290
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2007
María Adelaida Restrepo, associate professor in the Department of Speech and Hearing Science at Arizona State University, is a bilingual speech-language pathologist. In this instructional film, she outlines intervention principles and other factors to consider when planning intervention programs for English language learners (ELLs). Specific areas of language intervention for ELL children with language disorders are discussed. Preventive techniques for their general language needs in the classroom and at home also are addressed.
- One Child, Two Languages in Action: Educating & Assessing Young Second-Language Learners
120 minute DVD.
DVD P 118.2 .O54 2008 263684747
Patton Tabors, Mariela Paez, et al
Brookes Pub Co, 2008.
This video discusses techniques for educating young children who are dual-language learners as well as demonstrating recommended methods of assessment. This DVD was created as a companion to the book One Child, Two Languages by Patton O. Tabors. It includes educating and assessing young second-language learners.
- Second Language Learning Environments at Home and School
30 minute DVD
P 118.2 .S445 2007 191821045
STARnet, Apples Video Magazine, 2007
Embracing a child’s first language at home and in the classroom is the foundation for successful acquisition of any second language. Becoming bilingual or multilingual is a necessity for some children and a privilege for all. This video inspires a positive philosophy and provides where-to-begin guidelines as well as hands-on activities to create the environment that is absolutely necessary for strong development of a second language in young children.
- Supporting ESL Learners in Early Childhood Settings
60 minute DVD
LC 3715 .S959edvd 2002 423007737
STARnet, Apples Video Magazine, 2002
This video covers the support of English as a second language (ESL) learners in early childhood programs. Integral to this program is the importance of the support of families and the integration of community resources.
The journal titles linked below will take you to the publisher's homepage. You can ask your local public librarian how to obtain these articles or contact us
for more information.
- Early Childhood Research Quarterly, 25, 207–217.
An Experimental Study Comparing English-Only and Transitional Bilingual Education on Spanish-Speaking Preschoolers’ Early Literacy Development
Lilian K. Durán, Cary J. Roseth, and Patricia Hoffman. (2010)
This study was designed to test the hypothesis that native language instruction enhances English language learner’s (ELL’s) native language and literacy development without delaying English development. Results showed that Spanish language instruction increased Spanish oral vocabulary and letter-word identification without significant differences between bilingual and English-only classrooms on these same measures in English.
- Journal of Research in Childhood Education, 21, 352–363
Two Tests of the Effectiveness of Bilingual Education in Preschool
Andrew M. Ryan. (2007)
This study used multiple years of data from an Even Start program and relevant comparison groups to consider bilingual education in preschool. The study provides some evidence of the effectiveness of bilingual education in preschool, but further research is needed to validate the findings.
- Young Children, 64(2), 36–39, 41–42
Meeting the Home Language Mandate: Practical Strategies for All Classrooms
Karen Nemeth. (2009)
The author stresses the important role of early childhood educators in helping young dual language learners retain their home language while building their English language skills. She suggests strategies to improve a preschool program’s effectiveness in teaching dual language learners.
- Young Children; 67(4), p49-57
Enhancing Practice with Infants and Toddlers from Diverse Language and Cultural Backgrounds
Karen Nemeth and Valeria Erdosi. (2012)
The article discusses strategies for helping infants and toddlers from diverse language and cultural backgrounds adjust to early childhood care situations, focusing on practices that support children’s home languages and help develop English language skills.
- Young Exceptional Children Monograph Series No. 13: 133-156
Evaluating young children who are dual language learners : gathering and interpreting multiple sources of data to make informed decisions
LC 4019 .M4599 2011 802291828
Lillian K Durán, Gregory A. Cheatham, & Rosa Milagros Santos. (2011)
Available upon request from the EI Clearinghouse.
The web resources listed below provide quick and easy access to evidence-based online information.
- EIC: Encouraging Bilingual Babies and Toddlers
A parent-friendly tip sheet created by the Illinois Early Intervention Clearinghouse. Also available in Spanish.
- Helping Your Child Learn in Two Languages
Children who know more than one language often benefit in school and later in life. Also, many parents and grandparents find that talking to older children about important life matters is easier if the children retain their home language skills. Also in Spanish, Polish, Chinese, Korean, Russian, and Arabic.
- How Children Learn a Second Language
Author Linda Halgunseth writes a family-friendly article about how children have the ability to learn multiple languages. She explains the stages children go through when they learn a new language, describes the benefits of knowing more than one language, and suggests tips and ideas for parents to incorporate with their child to foster multilanguage learning.
- National Clearinghouse for English Language Acquisition (NCELA)
The National Clearinghouse for English Language Acquisition “supports the U.S Department of Education’s Office of English Language Acquisition, Language Enhancement, and Academic Achievement for Limited English Proficient Students (OELA) in its mission to respond to Title III educational needs and implement NCLB as it applies to English language learners.” The NCELA Web site includes state and district statistics on English language learners and a resource library with articles focused on topics such as early childhood and bilingual education.
- National Dual Language Consortium (NDLC)
This Web site defines dual language, lists types and features of dual language education programs, contrasts what is considered a dual language program with what is not, and mentions what the program looks like as children progress through school. Links to additional resources and other organizations’ Web sites are provided.
- Teaching and Parenting Young Dual Language Learners
A recent trend in early childhood and education in Illinois is the increasing population of children who speak a home language other than English and enter early care and education with few or no English words. This blog is intended to help parents and teachers support these children as they learn English and their home languages. Also in Spanish.
- The Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL)
This Web site provides links to information about English language learning (ELL) education, bilingual education, immigrant education, two-way immersion, sheltered instruction, and teacher education. The site also provides links to projects and resources pertaining to each of the topics.