This fascinating TED Talk by Dr. Patricia Kuhl showing her research about baby's brains as they learn a new language. It always gets teachers talking and it highlights the importance of social interaction in developing language. Very developmentally appropriate!
This is a resource from Language Castle via Amazon.com - curated lists of learning materials you can purchase for unique classroom needs, such as Spanish/English preschool, multicultural early childhood, or multilingual infant/toddler groups.
A bilingual English/Spanish literacy and learning magazine for children ages 2 - 6 years from the makers of Highlights. This magazine comes with free teacher and parent guides in both languages as well as audio recordings of each issue.
This is my favorite catalog of bilingual books and learning materials in many different languages. When you call, they provide a personal shopping service and put together packages for the ages, topics and languages you need.
A great app that lets children of any age, any language participate in creating, writing, illustrating, and narrating stories and sharing them with peers and family members. I love this one because it gives every child a voice no matter what their language or ability.
A Teaching Channel video demonstrating how to teach literacy skills in two languages. I like this one because the teacher is not a native English speaker, so she shows how she uses her home language and English at different times in her teaching.
Blog post with examples of effective teaching strategies for young DLLs from www.languagecastle.com. This focuses on strategies for teaching in the science domain, but this kind of approach can easily be adapted for all content areas in early education.
Recorded BamRadio interview of Mary Renck Jalongo, John Spencer, Karen Nemeth - host Rae Pica. Less than 15 minutes long, this podcast gives practical suggestions to help you make connections with students who don't speak your language."
Infographic by Language Castle LLC shows the importance of supporting dual language learners in the early years. It is a great conversation starter for staff or parent meetings and for including in grant proposals.