Focus on Language Development: Multimedia

These audio and video resources highlight specific tools and strategies for teaching DLLs.


Audiocast: Biliteracy of Preschool Immigrant Mexican Children with Dr. Iliana Reyes. Voice of Literacy. 00:15:35.
Dr. Betsy Baker, professor of Literacy Studies at the University of Missouri, interviews the University of Arizona's Dr. Iliana Reyes, Assistant Professor of Bilingual and Second Language Acquisition. Dr. Reyes discusses the biliteracy of preschool immigrant Mexican children.

Audiocast: A Common Language of Care - Welcoming and Supporting Dual Language Learners in Infant-Toddler Programs. Early Head Start National Resource Center. 01:33:07.
A Common Language of Care is a recorded conference call led by the Early Head Start National Resource Center. The panelists, Early  Head Start staff, regional and federal staff, and training and technical assistance providers from across the nation, offer suggestions for all Head Start teachers and employees working with Dual Language Learners. The Audio Conference is designed to help evaluate the current practices in place within Head Start, support strategies, and enhance the available services for families with Dual Language Learners. An emphasis is put on key principles to keep in mind when working with Dual Language Learners and their families--namely, that every community has its own qualities, needs, and resources which must be individually addressed for DLLs in early care settings. The Conference concludes with callers, nationwide, addressing common questions, concerns, and strategies that provide a good starting point for any Head Start program.

Webcast: Supporting Language Development of Children Who Are Dual Language Learners in Head Start and Early Head Start. OHS. 01:33:21.
This Webcast addressed key concepts related to language acquisition of a first and second language in DLLs, birth to five. It discussed the interconnectedness between language acquisition and development and emergent literacy. The Webcast provided specific strategies to address the different linguistic and cultural contexts that exist in Head Start programs.

With accompanying viewer's guides in English [PDF, 171KB] and Spanish [PDF, 412KB]

Be sure to visit the Early Childhood Development Language Development and Communicatiom section for more information.

Focus on Language Development: Multimedia. HHS/ACF/OHS. 2009. English.

Last Reviewed: July 2010

Last Updated: November 13, 2014