Publication Date: July 30, 2010
Series: Early Childhood Education Series
It is well known that the number of non-English speakers is on the rise in the United States. What is less well known is that the largest proportion of this population is children under the age of 5. These young English language learners (ELLs) often demonstrate achievement gaps in basic math and reading skills when they start school. How best to educate this important and growing preschool population is a pressing concern for policymakers and practitioners. The chapters in this important book provide up-to-date syntheses of the research base 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. Each chapter reviews the research and answers the following questions:
Eugene E. García is Professor of Education and Vice President for Education Partnerships at Arizona State University. Ellen C. Frede is Co-Director of the National Institute for Early Education Research at the Graduate School of Education, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.
“This is a must-have for those who are working directly or indirectly with young English language learners.”
—Olivia Saracho, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland