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ERIC Number: EJ1003855
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Mar
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 9
ISSN: ISSN-1538-6619
Every Language Is Special: Promoting Dual Language Learning in Multicultural Primary Schools
Ghiso, Maria Paula
Young Children, v68 n1 p22-26 Mar 2013
The changing demographics of neighborhoods and schools require that all educators consider how to support children who are developing bilingualism and biliteracy. Research documents the importance of engaging young children in learning by drawing on community heritages and cultural and linguistic resources, and of connecting more effectively with families. Such inclusive pedagogies are especially important in light of two contradictory trends: increasingly diverse school populations, with children and families from varied backgrounds and with a range of immigration and other life experiences, and the erosion of dual language and bilingual programs in some communities and school systems. Given the impact of children's home resources on their academic, social, and identity development, educators must think of creative ways to provide multilingual school experiences. In this article, the author invites readers to a school district with children from approximately 69 countries who speak 89 different home languages, including Spanish, Bengali, Vietnamese, Punjabi, Chinese, Urdu, Arabic, and French. The district does not have bilingual programs, but educators have advocated for dual language learning through other means. In the sections that follow, the author focuses on an elementary school summer program for emergent bilinguals led by Mrs. Rangan, a district English Language Learning teacher, as an example of inclusive practices that reimagine the relationship between home and school.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education
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Language: English
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