Dual Language Learners and Early Literacy


Session Dates

Tuesday October 22, 2019 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday October 29, 2019 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday November 12, 2019 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

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Early childhood education and day care programs across Pennsylvania are experiencing an increasing level of linguistic and cultural diversity among the children they serve. Dual Language Learners (DLLs) – young children who grow up speaking more than one language at home and in the classroom, bring to these classrooms unique learning strengths, experiences, and challenges. This training will address evidence-based teaching practices in language acquisition and literacy development for DLLs and ELs in Pre-K to Grade 2 settings, and will cover:

  1. How Does the Emergent Bilingual Brain Work?
  2. Examination of Exemplary Teaching Practices in Early Childhood Programs for DLLs and ELs, and
  3. Family and Community Engagement in Early Childhood Programs for Diverse Learners.


Participants will be able to:

  1. Identify the role that home language plays in the development of English literacy skills.
  2. List practices that validate, celebrate and encourage a culturally responsive climate.
  3. Identify and describe an intentional approach to language use in the classroom.
  4. List evidence-based practices in early childhood literacy development for DLLs and ELs.
  5. Identify culturally responsive practices in developing family and community engagement.
  6. List resources to enhance family and community engagement of DLLs and ELs.
  7. Develop a plan to ensure that family and community stakeholders are included in academic program development

Target Audience

Special Education Teachers; General Education Teachers; Administrator(s); ESL Teachers; IU TaC/other(s); Other: Institution of Higher Education Representatives; Early Childhood Practitioners

Topics Covered: English Learners

Event Info

Event Type:


Credit Type:

Act 48 Clock Hour
No credit


PaTTAN Educational Consultant

Event Contact:


Marci Davis


Victor Rodriguez

Additional Info

To receive Act 48 hours, participants must attend all three webinars.