Planned Language Approach
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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:
- Why Do We Need a Planned Language Approach? | Spanish (español)
- Key Research Directs Our Work | Spanish (español)
- We Have a Responsibility to Teach Children Specific Skills | Spanish (español)
- Important to Know: Dual Language Learner Facts, Figures, and Findings | Spanish (español)
- Same, Different and Diverse: Understanding Children Who Are Dual Language Learners (DLLs) | Spanish (español)
Explore additional resources that include information about research:
- Hearing Language is Learning
- Growing Up as a Dual Language Learner
- Cognitive Benefits of Bilingualism
Last Reviewed: February 2017
Last Updated: February 28, 2017