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Posted by on in What If?

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Gone are the days when all of the children in a classroom are speaking the same language. Nowadays it’s not unusual to have several different languages spoken among your students – and that of course presents a number of challenges. Among them are forming relationships with these special students, making them feel welcomed into the classroom, and helping them form relationships with other students. But beyond those issues is the teachers’ very real challenge of helping dual-language learners succeed academically.

To learn more about this process, I invited experts Jennifer Chen and Karen Nemeth to Studentcentricity.

Connecting Right from the Start WEBFollowing our conversation, which included much helpful advice, Jennifer offered the following strategies for helping dual-language learners (DLL) acquire academic language proficiency:

Teacher modeling.  This is one of the most effective ways to enhance student learning.  The teacher can model academic language use, like how to articulate one’s viewpoint.  For instance, the teacher can model saying, “I agree with the main character in the story ...” 

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Posted by on in Early Childhood

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By Karen N. Nemeth, Ed.M., Pam Brillante, Ed.D., Leah J. Mullen, M.A.  

What do we need to see in early childhood education now and in the future? Our hands can reach back to help our colleagues move up, but our eyes have to look forward to the early childhood classrooms of the future. The days of fragmented programs where children and teachers are divided according to special needs and special skills are over. Silos don’t work. Isolating children and practitioners from each other is bad for early education.

All teachers of young children must be prepared for children with DECAL:

Different
Experiences
Cultures
Abilities
Languages

Addressing diversity can no longer be about a few buzzwords when we actually still consider diverse people as “others”. There are no non-diverse classrooms! Diversity is about the uniqueness of each and every young child – not about the many vs. the few, or the normal vs. the.....

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