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Teaching and Parenting Young Dual Language Learners

A recent trend in early childhood and education in Illinois is the increasing population of children who speak a home language other than English and enter early care and education with few or no English words. This blog is intended to help parents and teachers support these children as they learn English and their home languages. We will be inviting experts in the state to write or co-write blogs with the IEL staff. We invite our visitors to comment on the blogs, suggest topics for future blogs, or ask questions by emailing iel@illinois.edu.

New blog entries are added during odd-numbered months.

  • IEL Blog: Teaching and Parenting Young English Language Learners
    Helping DLLs Learn in Two Languages During Early Childhood
    By Bernadette M. Laumann, January 2017
  • IEL Blog: Teaching and Parenting Young English Language Learners
    Welcoming Parents of Dual Language Learners to Parent-Teacher Conferences
    By Bernadette M. Laumann, November 2016
  • IEL Blog: Teaching and Parenting Young English Language Learners
    Children in Refugee Families Need Extra Care, Attention About
    By Bernadette M. Laumann, September 2016
  • IEL Blog: Teaching and Parenting Young English Language Learners
    Learning Through Music and Movement
    By Bernadette M. Laumann, July 2016
  • IEL Blog: Teaching and Parenting Young English Language Learners
    Summer Language Learning in Community Settings About
    By Bernadette M. Laumann, May 2016
  • IEL Blog: Teaching and Parenting Young English Language Learners
    Creating a Language-Rich Classroom for Young Dual Language Learners (DLLs) About
    By Bernadette M. Laumann, March 2016
  • IEL Blog: Teaching and Parenting Young English Language Learners
    Celebrate Multicultural Children’s Book Day About
    By Bernadette M. Laumann, January 2016
  • IEL Blog: Teaching and Parenting Young English Language Learners
    Rituals and Traditions in Programs That Serve Young Dual Language Learners About
    By Bernadette M. Laumann, November 2015
  • IEL Blog: Teaching and Parenting Young English Language Learners
    Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month About
    By Bernadette M. Laumann, September 2015
  • IEL Blog: Teaching and Parenting Young English Language Learners
    Welcoming Immigrant Families to the Preschool Classroom About
    By Bernadette M. Laumann, July 2015
  • IEL Blog: Teaching and Parenting Young English Language Learners
    Active Play Promotes Young Children’s Development About
    By Bernadette M. Laumann, May 2015
  • IEL Blog: Teaching and Parenting Young English Language Learners
    Learning Math Words: Family and Caregiver Conversations About
    By Bernadette M. Laumann, March 2015
  • IEL Blog: Teaching and Parenting Young English Language Learners
    Creating Books With Young Dual Language Learners About
    By Bernadette M. Laumann, January 2015
  • IEL Blog: Teaching and Parenting Young English Language Learners
    Learning New Words Through Read Alouds About
    By Bernadette M. Laumann, November 2014
  • IEL Blog: Teaching and Parenting Young English Language Learners
    Keep the Conversation Going With Young Dual Language Learners About
    By Bernadette M. Laumann, September 2014
  • IEL Blog: Teaching and Parenting Young English Language Learners
    Summer Family Time Can Help Build Heritage Language Skills About
    By Bernadette M. Laumann, July 2014
  • IEL Blog: Teaching and Parenting Young English Language Learners
    Find Ways to Support the Youngest Dual Language Learners About
    By Bernadette M. Laumann, May 2014
  • IEL Blog: Teaching and Parenting Young English Language Learners
    Maintaining Home Language Is Key to Later Reading in English About
    By Bernadette M. Laumann, March 2014
  • IEL Blog: Teaching and Parenting Young English Language Learners
    A Mother's Story: 3 to 5 years old About
    By Hyejin Park, January 2014
  • IEL Blog: Teaching and Parenting Young English Language Learners
    A Mother's Story: Birth to 2 About
    By Hyejin Park, November 2013
  • IEL Blog: Teaching and Parenting Young English Language Learners
    Common Myths about Dual Language Learners: What the Current Research Tells Us About
    By Bernadette M. Laumann, September 2013
  • IEL Blog: Teaching and Parenting Young English Language Learners
    Teachers and Families of Dual Language Learners (DLLs): Partners from the Start About
    By Bernadette M. Laumann, July 2013
  • IEL Blog: Teaching and Parenting Young English Language Learners
    Screening and Evaluating Children who are Dual Language Learners: What Every Teacher Should Know About
    By Rosa Milagros Santos, May 2013
  • IEL Blog: Teaching and Parenting Young English Language Learners
    What Teachers Should Know About Instruction for English Language Learners About
    By Lumi Hartle, March 2013
 Bernadette M. Laumann

Dr. Bernadette M. Laumann is the coordinator of the Illinois Early Learning Project. She has been a child care teacher, an early childhood special education teacher, director of an inclusive early childhood program, researcher, and university teacher educator. Her research interests include mentoring and induction activities for beginning teachers and the use of technology in connecting evidence-based practice.

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