Guide to Dual Language Learners Multimedia Resources

The ECLKC offers a variety of multimedia resources that can help you, your colleagues, and your families learn more about meeting the needs of children who are dual language learners. 

Guide to Dual Language Learners Multimedia Resources

The Office of Head Start’s 8-Part Ready for Success Webcast & Webinar Series on DLLs

  1. Ready for Success: Supporting Dual Language Learners in Head Start and Early Head Start
    Time: 53 minutes  |  Presenters: Amanda Bryans, Sharon Yandian , Terry Kohlmeier

    This first webcast presents the content and format for the series. An education manager describes how the Program Preparedness Checklist for Serving DLLs and Their Families is currently used for continuous program improvement.
  2. Head Start 101 – Getting Started with Dual Language Learners
    Time: 1 hour | Presenters: Sharon Yandian and Angie Godfrey and Rachel Roberts

    Head Start 101 introduces new grantees to the essentials of Head Start systems and services that support DLLs and their families. The webcast highlights exemplary practices in classrooms and in program policies. It also offers tips for supporting DLLs and their families at the start of the program year.
  3. Supporting Language Development of Children who are Dual Language Learners in Head Start and Early Head Start
    Time: 90 minutes  |  Presenters: Sharon Yandian, Graciela Italiano-Thomas, Karen Nemeth, Carola Matera, Jose Paz

    This webcast addresses key concepts related to language acquisition of a first and second language in DLLs, birth to five. It discusses the interconnectedness between language acquisition and development and emergent literacy. It included accompanying viewer's guides in English and Spanish.
  4. Literacy Development for Children who ar Dual Language Learners in Head Start and Early Head Start
    Time: 90 minutes  |  Presenters: Sharon Yandian, Graciela Italiano-Thomas, Jose Paz, Eileen Torres, Ruth Shagoury, Carola Matera

    This webinar highlights key concepts in emergent literacy and writing development of DLLs. Video clips illustrate preschoolers engaging with each other and with adults when using one or more languages.
  5. Assessing the Progress of Children who are Dual Language Learners in Head Start and Early Head Start
    Time: 90 minutes  |  Presenters: Sharon Yandian, Linda Espinosa, Angie Godfrey, Graciela Italiano-Thomas, Dayana Garcia

    This webcast explores the progress of DLLs in all areas of development and in all the domains of the Child Outcomes Framework. It discussed a variety of contexts and languages present in Head Start programs across the country. Viewers guides are available in English and Spanish.
  6. Assessing the Progress of English Language Development for Children who are Dual Language Learners in Head Start and Early Head Start
    Time: 90 minutes  |  Presenters: Sharon Yandian, Graciela Italiano-Thomas, Linda Espinosa, Dina Castro, Ruth Reinl

    Experts and practitioners present different approaches for observing and documenting progress of English acquisition in DLLs and discuss how the information can be used to inform intentional practice. Assessment of the home language was also discussed.
  7. Diversity and Multicultural Integration in Head Start and Early Head Start Part 1
    Time: 90 minutes  |  Presenters: Sharon Yandian, Janet Gonzalez-Mena, Gwen Henderson-Freeman, Robert Stechuk, Graciela Italiano-Thomas

    This webcast presents the updated handbook, Multicultural Principles for Head Start Programs Serving Children Ages Birth to Five. Experts discuss effective ways to use this booklet and other resources during professional development activities.
  8. Diversity and Multicultural Integration in Head Start and Early Head Start Part 2
    Time: 90 minutes  |   Presenters:  Sharon Yandian, Jhumur Mukerjee Saeed, Nina Jaffe,  Sandra Martinez Siranauala, Amanda Ritanti

    This webcast showcases programs where staff and families work together to serve DLLs. It also highlighted strategies for involving parents in governance activities and for enhancing parent-teacher communication.

Other Webcasts on Supporting DLLs

  1. OHS National Webcast on DLLs – Part 1: Introduction
    Time: 11 minutes  |  Presenters: Patricia Brown, Sharon Yandian, Carol Bellamy

    This webcast is useful to any Head Start employee who was unable to attend the Dual Language Learner Institute. The webcast introduces key developmental areas that are enhanced when program staff better understand the cultural and linguistic diversity of the children they serve.
  2. OHS National Webcast on DLLs – Part 2: Physical Well Being and Motor Development
    Time: 5 minutes  |  Presenters: Sharon Yandian and Carol Bellamy

    Carol Bellamy suggests using music and dance to bridge physical coordination, cultural understanding, and foster a child's self-concept. Presenters also encourage staff to better understand different cultural parenting norms such as disciplinary preferences, approaches to feeding, and toilet training.
  3. OHS National Webcast on DLLs – Part 3: Social and Emotional Development
    Time: 5 minutes  |  Presenters: Sharon Yandian and Carol Bellamy

    This webcast advises Head Start staff to assess their own cultural identities and biases so they are better able to address the cultural and linguistic needs of their students. Carol Bellamy suggests creating safe havens in the classroom, where children can go and not feel pressured to communicate in a less familiar language.
  4. OHS National Webcast on DLLs – Part 4: Approaches to Learning
    Time: 5 minutes  |  Presenters: Sharon Yandian and Carol Bellamy

    This presentation is helpful to Head Start teachers and parents to better engage with children in the home and school environment to help them utilize their dual languages.
  5. OHS National Webcast on DLLs – Part 5: Language and Literacy Development
    Time: 9 minutes  |  Presenters: Sharon Yandian and Carol Bellamy

    This webcast presents key concepts that young children should master in order to apply concepts learned from their first language to the vocabulary of the new language. Head Start staff can attempt to learn key phrases in the home languages of their students as a resource to support the developing languages.
  6. OHS National Webcast on DLLs – Part 6: Cognitive Development Part
    Time: 6 minutes  |  Presenters Sharon Yandian and Carol Bellamy                          

    This webcast offers suggestions for Head Start teachers and staff to help children master knowledge concepts and language skills. It suggests that program staff provide open-ended materials for children to explore and use in ways they imagine.
  7. Making Parents Partners
    Time: 90 minutes  |  Presenters: Delia Pompa, Karen L. Mapp, Susan Hall, and Tom Bowman

    The presenters of this webcast discuss the effects of getting parents involved in their child's academic career. Research has shown that when parents are involved, students have better attendance, greater achievements, and fewer behavior problems.
  8. Developing Web Based Communications for Latino Audiences
    Time: 75 minutes  |  Presenter: Silvia Inez Salazar

    These videos offer strategies related to translation issues and how to communicate health and emergency information to Hispanic populations.
  9. Building Liaisons with Latino Communities
    Series: 15 videos  |  Presenters: Leslie Rodriguez, Pierluigi Mancini, Rosa Solorzano, Natalie Hernandez and Lynn Beatty

    The Southern Center for Communication, Health & Poverty created this 15-part series to educate professionals on cultural competency and common concerns within the Latino community.
  10. Language and Translation Issues Part A
    The Southern Center for Communication, Health & Poverty webcast 2008  - 11 minutes
  11. The Hispanic Population in the United States – Block 1
    Time: 10 minutes  |  Presenter: Irma Rios  |  [En Español]

    This webcast focuses on how the growing Hispanic population in the United States will affect the demographics of children and families served in Head Start. 
  12. Understanding the Hispanic Community in Your Area – Block 2
    Time: 16 minutes  |  Presenter: Vanessa Otero  |  [En Español]
    This webcast provides suggestions and tips for how to conduct a community assessment that is sensitive to the Hispanic population. A successful assessment consists of five parts: planning your strategy, designing how you will collect the data, gathering the data, reviewing and analyzing what you have collected, and using that data to make decisions about location, recruitment, staff, and programming.
  13. Meeting the Needs of Hispanic Families – Block 3
    Time: 17 minutes  |  Presenter: Maria Diaz  |  [En Español]
    Some Hispanic families in the United States deal with the stresses of culture shock and the loss of their social support network in their home country. This webcast discusses how Head Start programs can take account of these stresses and become a place of support, trust, and information for immigrant families.

Audio Casts on Supporting DLLs

Listen to these audio casts or podcasts online to learn more about DLLs and their families. You may also download them to your mp3 player and listen to them on the go.

  1. Linking Language and Literacy:  Implications for Serving Linguistically Diverse Children
    Time: 80 minutes  |  Presenters: Amanda Perez, Luis Hernandez, Nina Pedos and Leigh Turner

    This webcast applies existing research on emergent literacy and language development to the unique and varied populations of an Early Head Start or Head Start classroom.
  2. Biliteracy of Preschool Immigrant Mexican Children
    Time: 15 minutes | Presenters: Dr. Betsy Baker and Dr. Iliana Reyes

    This audio cast discusses the biliteracy of preschool immigrant Mexican children.
  3. A Common Language of Care: Welcoming and Supporting DLLs in Infant/Toddler Programs
    Time: 90 minutes  |  Presenters: Dina Castro, Laura Lawson Tucker, Amanda Perez, Angela Melabe, Molly Wyn

    This audio conference discusses the current practices in place within Head Start that enhance the available services for families with Dual Language Learners. It introduces key practices for working with Dual Language Learners and their families.
  4. Early Literacy Development for English Language Learners Episode 32
    Time: 18 minutes  |  Presenters: Aurelio Montemayor and Jose Rodriguez

    In this audio cast, Jose L. Rodriguez, an early childhood expert, describes the essential components of reading instruction outlined by the National Reading Panel and how they relate to young English language learners.
  5. Early Literacy for English Language Learners
    Time: 12 minutes  |  Presenters: Betsy Baker and Theresa Roberts

    Dr. Betsy Baker interviews Dr. Theresa Roberts about storybooks and early literacy for English learners.
  6. Reducing Disproportionality for English Language Learners in Special Education: The Role of Head Start Educators
    Time: 1 hour |  Presenters: Noemi Aguilar and Dr Barbara Dray

    This audio cast discusses the overrepresentation of English language learners in special education programs and advocates for reducing this disproportion by supporting the language learning and cultural differences of students at early ages.

Guide to Dual Language Learners Multimedia Resources. HHS/ACF/OHS. 2010. English.

Last Updated: November 13, 2014