The Essentials

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Gain a Richer Understanding of the Interdependent Relationship Among Culture, Language, and Learning

Learn how to implement intentional practices that nurture children's bilingual identities and augment their growth in all developmental domains. Educators working with children ages 3 through 6 can apply the concepts and strategies explored in this valuable resource in a variety of early childhood settings and contexts.

Using current and foundational research, this book provides developmentally and linguistically appropriate guidance for intentional and purposeful practices with children, their families, and other members of the school community.

In each chapter, you'll find

  • Discussion of a key concept from a developmental and asset-based perspective that focuses on the role of a child's home language and their family in the educational process
  • Examples of children's and teachers' experiences within an educational context
  • Idea Boxes that provide practical ways for educators to apply their understanding in practice
  • Definitions of key terms
  • Answers to frequently asked questions
  • Connections to NAEYC Early Learning Program Accreditation Standards
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    For faculty! A sample syllabus and sample activities connected to each chapter can be found online at


    Iliana Alanís, PhD, a native of South Texas, is a professor of early childhood and elementary education in the department of interdisciplinary learning and teaching at the University of Texas-San Antonio. She taught children in bilingual first- and second-grade classrooms while earning a master's degree in curriculum and instruction with a concentration in bilingual education from the University of Texas-Pan American.

    María G. Arreguín, EdD, is an associate professor of early childhood and elementary education in the department of interdisciplinary learning and teaching at the University of Texas-San Antonio. She earned her doctoral degree in Bilingual Education at the Texas A&M University-Kingsville. Her research on dual language education, early childhood education, dyad learning and dialogue, and critical science pedagogy illuminates the intricacies of cultural and linguistic factors that influence minority children's access to education in early childhood and elementary bilingual settings.

    Irasema Salinas-González, EdD, is an associate professor and coordinator of the early care and early childhood studies program at the University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV). During her 29 years in the bilingual and early childhood education fields, she has been a preschool and kindergarten teacher and reading specialist, and has worked with preservice and in-service teachers. She received her MEd in Early Childhood Education from the University of Texas-Pan American and her EdD in Bilingual Education from Texas A&M University-Kingsville. Her work focuses on language and literacy development of young dual language learners through play, the development of cognitive skills of dual language learners through play-based learning, and creating engaging classroom environments for young dual language learners.



    About the Book
    Part 1: Understanding the Essentials

    • Chapter 1: Who are Your Dual Language Learners?
    • Chapter 2: What Does it Mean to Develop Two Languages?
    • Chapter 3: What Should I Consider When Implementing a Dual Language Program?

    Part 2: Supporting Learning and Development
    • Chapter 4: Creating Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Environments for Dual Language Learners
    • Chapter 5: Understanding and Facilitating Play
    • Chapter 6: Developing Bilingualism and Biliteracy Across the Content Areas
    • Chapter 7: Learning Through a Second Language
    • Chapter 8: Designing Authentic Assessment
    • Chapter 9: A Glimpse into Ms. Rocha's Classroom: An Integrated Lesson

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