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Child Dev Perspect. 2011 Mar 1;5(1):10-14.

Preparing Early Childhood Teachers to Work With Young Dual Language Learners.

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1
California State University.
2
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
3
San Francisco State University.

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.

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English language learners; diversity; dual language learners; early childhood; teacher preparation; workforce

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