As highlighted in this week’s readings, approximately 20% of U.S. children speak a language other than English (Berk, 2013). In fact, nearly 40 states reported districts that received Title III funding who were implementing at least one dual-language program in the 2012 to 2013 school year (U.S. Department of Education, Office of English Language Acquisition, 2015). Consequently, early childhood professionals need to understand the progression of language development for typically developing children as well as that of children who are dual-language learners.
With that in mind, imagine that you are an early educator working in a toddler classroom preparing for Parent and Teacher conferences, and Erin—described in Chapter 9—is in your class. It’s been your practice to write a developmental summary to collect your thoughts in anticipation of the conversation you will have with each family. In this developmental summary, reflect on how you will discuss Erin’s language development given that her parents have decided to teach Erin both English and Spanish.
Think about and develop a two- to three-page essay on the dual-language dilemma supported with research findings from your text and at least one additional credible resource. Address the following:
The Dual Language Dilemma Assignment
For further assistance with the formatting and the title page, refer to APA Formatting for Word 2013 (Links to an external site.).
Berk, L. E. (2013). Child development (9th ed.). Retrieved from https://content.ashford.edu
Oliva-Olson, C., Espinosa, L. M., Hayslip, W., & Magruder, E. S. (2018/2019). Many languages, one classroom. Teaching Young Children, 12(2), 4-7. Retrieved from https://www.naeyc.org/resources/pubs/yc
Virtual Lab School. (n.d.). Cognitive development: Infant block play (Links to an external site.). Retrieved from https://stream.virtuallabschool.org/cognitive/3545/3545-480.mp4
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2018, February 22). Basic Information (Links to an external site.). Retrieved from https://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/childdevelopment/facts.html