DLL and Early Childhood Development

Children who are Dual Language Learners acquire two or more languages simultaneously, as well as learn a second language while continuing to develop their first language. The term "dual language learners" encompasses other terms, such as Limited English Proficient (LEP), bilingual, English language learners (ELL), English learners, and children who speak a language other than English (LOTE).

The OHS report will help you learn about dual language learners and their families.

Dual Language Learners

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These strategies and resources help teaching staff appropriately observe, assess, and record learning development in children exposed to two languages. Visit frequently for new resources and updates.

Planning & Literacy Development

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This section provides important resources and strategies to help teachers understand curriculum concepts and develop lesson plans that promote positive literacy experiences for DLL children.

Focus on Language Development

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Teachers should support DLL children in learning environments that celebrate differences. This section helps teachers articulate the advantages of dual language development, and overcome challenges when serving DLL children.

Creating Supportive Environments

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In this section, teachers can find innovative and inspiring ways to create and organize environments that respond to the unique needs of DLLs and integrate all children in the classroom.

Celebrating Culture & Diversity

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This section offers resources for programs and teaching staff to support individual differences as well as cultural and linguistic diversity in DLL children and their families.

Content or Domain Areas

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Explore this section and find useful resources to support DLL children’s cognitive, physical, social and emotional development, and much more.

Last Reviewed: October 2009

Last Updated: April 5, 2016