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Early Language & Literacy KnowledgeBase

This KnowledgeBase archive includes content and external links that were accurate and relevant as of September 30, 2019.

The Early Language and Literacy KnowledgeBase is an online resource supporting language and literacy development in early learners from birth through age eight. Its focus is to support parents and caregivers in helping early learners with their language and literacy development, and teachers in enhancing their instruction for early learners from pre-Kindergarten through Grade 3.

Task 5: Building Oral Language Skills With English Language Learners

Guideline: Pre-K, preschool and the primary grades are experiencing increasing enrollments of children with culturally diverse backgrounds. These students, while working to learn English as a second language, often come from homes where another language, typically the native language of the family, is the primarily spoken language. Building the oral language skills of English language learners involves babies, parents and caregivers interacting through the cues and sounds they share with each other in their home language. Building oral language skills in the child's native language helps to develop oral language skills in English, as well. This task provides information on building oral skills with early learners who are English language learners.




Oral Language Development for Beginners

This link to the Colorin Colorado website provides suggestions for teachers on using the strategy of Total Physical Response to EHLP students in the early stages of language development.


Oral Language

This link from Brown University's Education Alliance website provides suggestions for teaching oral language skills to English Language Learners.


Oral Proficiency and Literacy in First Language

This document contains extracted content from the executive summary of the National Literacy Panel Report on Language Minority Children and Youth titled, "Developing Literacy in Second-Language Learners." This extract content reviews the case for how oral proficiency and literacy in the first language aides literacy development in English.


The English Language Learner KnowledgeBase

This link is to the English Language Learner KnowledgeBase, an online resource supporting education professionals in the administration of programs for English language learner (ELL) students. It is divided into components providing resources for program administrators, teachers, parent advocates and educators of migrant students.


Working With Young English Language Learners: Some Considerations

This Center for Applied Linguistics article discusses considerations that educators of young learners should be aware of when working with young English language learners.