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IEL Tip Sheet

Title: Helping Preschoolers Learn in Two Languages
Languages: English
Spanish Version: Cómo ayudar a nińos preescolares a aprender en dos lenguas
Polish Version: Pomaganie przedszkolakom w uczeniu się w dwóch językach
Source of Publisher: Illinois Early Learning Project
Length of article: Short
Setting for which the article is intended: Preschool Program
Intended Audience: Teachers/Caregivers
Keywords: Classroom Activities
Dual Language Learners
Age Levels:
(the age of the children to whom the article applies).
Preschoolers (Age 3 Through Age 5)
Goals: 28. Use the home language to communicate within and beyond the classroom.
29. Use the home language to make connections and reinforce knowledge and skills across academic and social areas.
Learning Standards: 28.A. Use the home language at age-appropriate levels for a variety of social and academic purposes.
29.A. Use the home language to attain benchmarks across all the learning areas and to build upon and develop transferable language and literacy skills.
Benchmarks: 28.A.ECa. May demonstrate progress and mastery of benchmarks through home language.
28.A.ECb. Use home language in family, community, and early childhood settings.
28.A.ECc. Develop an awareness of the different contextual and cultural features in the early childhood and community settings the child participates in.
29.A.ECc. Exhibit foundational literacy skills in home language to foster transfer to English.