Resources for Dual Language Learners (DLLs) and their Families
Here are some excellent and recent resources from the National Center on Cultural and Linguistic Responsiveness that can support culturally and linguistically responsive practices.
- Important to Know: Dual Language Learner Facts, Figures, and Findings – Key research facts about young DLLs.
- The Importance of Home Language Series – This series of handouts provides basic information on topics related to children learning two or more languages. The handouts emphasize the benefits of being bilingual, the importance of maintaining home language, and the value of becoming fully bilingual.
- Code Switching: Why It Matters and How to Respond – Young children who are dual language learners (DLLs) often code switch or mix different languages in the same sentence while speaking. It is important that teachers, home visitors, and others who work with these children understand what code switching is, the role it plays in language development, and how to respond to it. This workbook defines and describes code switching, identifies who code switches, and explains why code switching matters. It also includes examples of how adults can provide strong language models for children when they code switch. It can be used as a professional development tool for individuals or in group training activities.
- Gathering and Using Information That Families Share – In order to support the learning and development of young DLLs, staff need to understand children’s backgrounds and experiences with more than one language or dialect. This resource can help you learn to gather accurate and useful language information for assessment and planning.
- Same, Different, and Diverse – DLLs are a diverse group with different languages, experiences, strengths, and gifts. This resource outlines the language similarities among all children. It also points outs the differences between children learning two or more languages and those learning one language.