The Development of Successful Early Childhood Dual Language Programs

3:40 - 5:00pm

Room 11A

Presented at: NABE 2014

This symposium provides participants with an overview of the kind of supports needed to develop and nurture dual language programs for children in the early years. Panelists will address guiding principles for the success of these programs and instructional techniques that foster language acquisition in the two languages of instruction.

3:40-3:45  Introduction: Dr. M. Beatriz Arias

3:45-4:00  Overview: Dr. Eugene Garcia

  • The significance of the early years for DLLs
  • Cognitive and linguistic correlates
  • Need for a new conceptual framework

4:00-4:15  Research on Effective Practices for DLL in ECE Environments: Dr. Amy Markos

  • Language exposure and use
  • Curriculum, instruction, and assessment
  • Language and literacy development

4:15-4:30  Teacher Preparation: Dr. Margarita Jimenez-Silva

  • Challenges facing preparation of teachers for DLL classrooms
  • Promising practices in teacher preparation
  • Building a national consortium of support

4:30-4:45  Parental Involvement: Dr. M. Beatriz Arias

  • Parental Participation in Early Childhood Programs
  • Transmission of cultural values
  • Parental engagement

4:45-5:00 Q&A