30 Apr · Karen Nemeth · One Comment

Fast 5 Gamechangers Empower DLLs With Conversations!

Perhaps the best kind of teacher talk might be less teacher talk! All through college and professional development experiences, teachers learn what to say to children. But, one of the greatest gifts you can give to young learners, especially DLLs, is to step back and let the children do the talking. Research continues to show …

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24 Apr · Karen Nemeth · No Comments

What early childhood educators need to succeed with DLLs

Here are the recommendations and resources I sent for consideration for NAEYC’s Power to the Profession initiative. I believe policy needs to say more about preparing monolingual and multilingual early childhood educators to teach children who are dual language learners. Karen Nemeth Here are a dozen reasons why: Most preschool teachers now (or in the …

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22 Oct · Karen Nemeth · 2 Comments

The “Magic 8” Preschool Practices Adapted for DLLs

By Karen Nemeth   Have you read about the “Magic 8”? These are the eight practices that are most likely to build preschool student success, according to research by Dr. Dale Farran and her co-authors1,2,5.. They could provide great advantages for young children who are dual language learners, but how can they be applied in …

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2 Sep · Karen Nemeth · No Comments

Considering Children who are DLLs in Emergency Planning Events in the news have many schools and programs taking a second look at their emergency plans. Let’s think what an emergency – or even a simple fire drill – must be like for a young child who doesn’t fully understand the language! Establish class buddies – …

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12 May · Karen Nemeth · No Comments

Resources for Supporting Diverse Infants and Toddlers in Connection with Early Childhood Language Development Standards

By Karen Nemeth May 11, 2017 Infants and toddlers thrive when all of their languages are supported. The diversity of those languages will continue to grow and present challenges to professionals who work with babies and their families. Some states are adopting early language development standards that begin at age 2 ½ years. How can …

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30 Mar · Karen Nemeth · 2 Comments

Fast 5 Gamechangers: Yes, You CAN Support Any Home Language!

  How many languages are spoken in your early childhood program? Most have 3 or more! New U.S. DOE and Head Start policies highlight the importance of supporting home languages and that can leave teachers feeling overwhelmed.  How can you support so many different languages? We know you want to do what’s best for each …

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11 Nov · Karen Nemeth · No Comments

Fast 5 Gamechangers Help Diverse Young Children Respect Each Other

  Early childhood educators have the power to start early and start strong by helping all children learn to respect themselves and others. When children and teachers speak different languages, they need special strategies to build that life-changing sense of community. Pronounce each child’s name as closely as possible. Model for your DLLs and for …

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12 Sep · Karen Nemeth · No Comments

Top Tips for Translating Materials for Preschool DLLs and Families

1.  Say less!! Reach out to preschool DLLs and their families by paring down to the absolute minimum of messages and words needed to save money and time on translations.

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5 Sep · Karen Nemeth · 4 Comments

Big Ideas for Finding Books for Preschool DLLs

Need help finding books for preschool DLLs to support the home languages and cultures of your children? In this post I give you quick tips and deeper resources to help you keep the learning going!

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2 Jun · Karen Nemeth · No Comments

Cultural/Linguistic Responsiveness is NOT Enough for DLLs

Cultural and linguistic responsiveness is NOT enough to address the early learning needs of young children who are dual language learners. This infographic tells the story about what should be included in plans for preschool DLLs. Feel free to use it as a planning tool or an advocacy tool.

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