Culture and Language

Planned Language Approach (PLA): Research Based Literacy and Language Practices

Research has found that certain skills and circumstances predict children’s success in learning to read and doing well in school. It has identified language and literacy practices that work best when teaching culturally and linguistically diverse children. This includes children who speak two or more languages, or dual language learners (DLLs). This body of research supports the Planned Language Approach (PLA).

PLA is designed to help program leaders and teachers make sound policy, curriculum, and instructional decisions. This important research is summarized in three PLA documents:

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