Supporting English Language Learners in the Preschool Classroom

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Although many preschool classrooms now include children whose first language is not English, teachers may find it challenging to effectively support young children with limited English skills. In e-clip #8, Dr. Ann Anderberg stresses the importance of continuing to support first language development in children, and gives suggestions for assisting these young learners in their acquisition of English. When teachers and parents engage in practices that support oral language development, children can develop strong language skills in both their first and second languages.

This video grew out of the Community Partners for Early Literacy project. It was made possible, in part, through the support of the U.S. Department of Education under the Early Reading First initiative.

1. What languages do the children in our program speak at home? What do we know about these languages? What are their similarities and differences to English?
2. What are some key words and phrases we might learn in other languages to support our English language learners? How can we go about learning these phrases?
3. How can we incorporate gestures, pictures, and other clues into our daily routines to support English acquisition?
4. How can we plan ahead and be prepared to extend children’s talk during spontaneous moments?
5. What messages have we been sending to families about their child’s language skills and the importance of their first language? How can we engage families as partners to encourage ongoing development of their child’s first language?
Executive Producer: Julia DeLapp
Producer/Director: Dr. Denise Matthews
Production Coordinator: Ken Measimer
Student Production Assistants: Joan Gallagher & Sean Leser
Content expert: Dr. Ann Anderberg
Featured teacher: Beth Martin

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