Strategies for Supporting Dual Language Learners in the New School Year
Karen Nemeth responded to a selection of questions and comments during an online event from September 12–16, 2011. Read the questions and her responses below!
With as many as 25 percent of children under the age of 6 coming from immigrant families in the U.S., many teachers will find they have children who speak languages other than English in their classrooms this year. In this online discussion I look forward to talking with you about planning for the dual language learners in your program.
I will answer questions about meeting state requirements, adapting curriculum, enhancing small- and large-group instruction for multilingual groups, engaging diverse families, assessing children, preparing teachers, and equipping classrooms.
In each issue of TYC, I write tips to help teachers use the information in the articles with the dual language learners in their programs. In my book, Many Languages, One Classroom: Teaching Dual and English Language Learners, I interpret recent research along with state and national guidance to help teachers and administrators meet the needs of young children who come from different language backgrounds.
I’m excited to hear your questions and thoughts. We can all learn from each other!
— Karen Nemeth