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ERIC Number: EJ945689
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 23
ISSN: ISSN-1068-6177
Learning from Each Other: Bilingual Pairs in Dual-Language Classrooms
Alanis, Iliana
Dimensions of Early Childhood, v39 n1 p21-28 2011
Early education programs in the United States are experiencing an increase in the number of English learners and, consequently, an increase in dual-language programs that best serve the needs of these children. Dual-language programs enable children to communicate orally and in written forms in both their native languages and in English. This article describes one effective approach that can be implemented by teachers with a range of language skills. Teachers who speak one language, or teachers of children who speak a language unfamiliar to them, are urged to find multilingual family members or teacher assistants who can assist with implementing the communication strategies outlined in this article. All teachers are encouraged to learn at least a few key words and phrases in children's home languages to facilitate children's daily learning experiences. (Contains 5 tables.)
Southern Early Childhood Association. P.O. Box 55930, Little Rock, AR 72215. Tel: 800-305-7322; Fax: 501-227-5297; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Elementary Education; Elementary Secondary Education; Grade 1; Grade 2; Kindergarten
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A