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Enhancing Policy and Practice for Young Dual Language Learners: What Is the Research Base?


June 1, 2010
English Language Learners

At the NAEYC Professional Development Institute in Phoenix, Ellen Frede, NIEER co-director, and Eugene García, NIEER Scientific Advisory Board member and vice president of Arizona State University, co-presented on the topic of English Language Learners (ELLs). Specifically, Drs. Frede and Garcia spoke on the research base for policy and practice for young dual language learners (DLLs), drawing from their book Developing the Research Agenda for Young English Language Learners. They provided syntheses of the literature for young ELLs on critical topics such as demographics, development of bilingualism, cognitive and neurological benefits of bilingualism, and family relationships, as well as classroom, assessment, and teacher-preparation practices.