How Educators Can Support and Uplift Bilingual Children

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What challenges do bilingual students commonly face?

One challenge is the limited availability of bilingual education, especially for the youngest bilinguals in early childhood programs. Adding to the scarcity of schools offering bilingual education, the limited preparation of teachers, from early childhood to secondary education, to provide high quality education to bilingual learners is another big challenge.

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What are some of the strengths bilingual students have?

Bilingualism itself is a strength. Decades of research support the advantages of bilingualism across developmental domains, especially on children’s cognitive and social skills. However, English-only policies and educational approaches continue to be prevalent in early childhood programs and schools serving bilingual students.

What educational approaches should be used to support bilingual students, both inside and outside of the classroom?

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How can parents who are English learners support their bilingual student(s)? How can teachers include these parents in their children’s education?

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