Ways To Overcome Language Barriers In Nc Pre-K Case Study

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Running Head: Overcoming Language Barriers in NC Pre-K Classrooms

How to Overcome Language Barriers in NC Pre-K Classrooms

FCS 711- Research and Inquiry in Family and Consumer Science
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Home language support helps ensure uninterrupted conceptual development in young children who are dual language learners as they acquire English (Office of Head Start, 2008; Stechuck & Burns, 2005; Thomas & Collier, 2002). Parents need to know that talking to their children in the home language supports learning English. The exchange helps their children develop a rich vocabulary. We encourage our English speaking parents to sing songs, tell stories, read books to their children, the same advice should be shared with non-English speaking families to use their home language when doing the above mentioned activities with their children. Parents need many opportunities to ask questions and receive information about dual language learning so they can make informed decisions about their children’s development. They should also be included in developing their children’s language goals. These opportunities may be during parent-teacher conferences, home visits, and classroom observations. Once parents have a better understanding of dual language acquisition, they may be more willing to share with the class some of the music, stories, and songs from their native …show more content…
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