Dual Language Learners (DLLs) are young children who are learning and developing in more than one language. Close to 30% of all children under 8 years of age in the United States speak a language other than English at home. According to the Rollins Center for Language and Literacy’s Cox Campus: There is a lack of fit between what science tells us about how DLLs learn and how they are taught in the classroom. Young DLLs benefit greatly from a variety of supports and practices teachers can put in place to maximize their learning. DLLs’ first language is a valuable asset that plays an important role in their learning and must be woven into the classroom experience.
The Atlanta Speech School understands that Dual Language Learners are given a precious gift by their family: the gift of their first language and home culture. Brownieland partnered with the Atlanta Speech School to produce a video called The Gift, a DLL promise video emphasizing the importance of the first language in a DLL’s development. Watch The Gift HERE.
Now once again, Brownieland and the Atlanta Speech School have teamed up to create videos for its new course that supports Dual Language Learners. The course is recommended for teachers, program leaders, site directors, and other professionals who work with preschool and pre-k DLLs. Following an ecosystem approach, the course presents practices and resources teachers can put in place right away to support brain construction in emergent bilinguals and ensure DLLs have a preschool experience that responds to their needs and prepares them for kindergarten and beyond. Watch the introductory video to learn more about this remarkable new course on Cox Campus.
The mission of the Atlanta Speech School is to help each person develop their full potential through language and literacy. The Atlanta Speech School’s Rollins Center for Language and Literacy guides educators, healthcare agencies, families and child-facing professionals to develop and endow literacy through coaching and professional instruction. Through the members of Rollins’ free, universally-accessible online learning platform, Cox Campus, that knowledge can be transferred to every child. Explore the Rollins Center for Language and Literacy HERE and visit Cox Campus HERE.