Supporting Bilingual Language Development and Home Language Maintenance for Dual Language Learners in California in Early Childhood

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Amy

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Kyratzis

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Project Description

To remain connected to family members and family traditions, dual and trilingual language learning children in California, need to maintain their home languages while learning English. This project designs teaching activities and materials to help bring young children’s home languages into preschool classrooms and help the children build bilingual and trilingual oral language and literacy skills in their home language(s) and English.  The research examines the children’s take-up of bilingual and trilingual language practices.

Undergraduate Contribution

As part of a contemporaneous course, "ED 197: Supporting Bilingual Language Development and Home Language Maintenance for Indigenous Mixtec Children and other Dual Language Learners in California in Early Childhood: Theory and Curriculum", the undergraduate student will design curricular activities to support dual language development of children learning a variety of languages, including, but not limited to, Spanish, Mixteco, Mandarin, Chinese, French, German, Korean, Vietnamese, Portuguese, and Greek, as well as English.  During a two- to three-hour weekly placement of the undergraduate student in a local preschool classroom, the student will implement the activities with dual language learners in the classroom.   The ED 199RA research component involves audio-taping, videotaping, and analyzing the interactions of the young children with the undergraduate teaching assistants, as well as the interactions of the children with their teachers and each other, to see how the children take up and use bilingual and trilingual language practices in the classroom. 

Requirements/Application Instructions

Students should have a GPA of 3.0 or above and have Junior or Senior standing. Concurrent enrollment in "ED 197: Supporting Bilingual Language Development and Home Language Maintenance for Indigenous Mixtec Children and other Dual Language Learners in California in Early Childhood: Theory and Curriculum", conversational and written proficiency in one of the above languages, and permission of the instructor (Kyratzis@education.ucsb.edu), are required.   

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