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Practical, engaging guide to helping early childhood educators understand and address the needs of English language learners.

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Editorial Reviews

Associate Professor, Literacy Education; Coordinator, Project QUILL, Northern Illinois University - Karen A. Carrier

"A complete view of the needs of young children learning English as a second language . . . My students can easily relate the principles and strategies that Tabors presents to their own clinical learning experiences."

Associate Professor and Director, Bilingual-Bicultural Education Program, DePaul University - Sonia W. Soltero

"An important contribution to the field that will provide valuable insights into how best to address the needs of linguistically and culturally diverse children and their families in the early years."

Birth-Kindergarten Coordinator, UNC-Pembroke - Karen Stanley

"Comments from students are consistently positive about this text! They express appreciation for the practical approach of the author, the glimpses into real classrooms and lives of young children learning English, and strategies that work."

McGill University - Fred Genesee

"Even better than the first edition. It provides innumerable practical suggestions, with back-up from research, for early childhood educators and trainers of early childhood educators on all aspects of the early education of ELLs."

Professor, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, University of Texas at Austin - Elizabeth D. Peña

"Relevant, timely, and practical . . . I recommend this book for teachers of young children and for anyone interested in second language learning in early childhood."

Professor and Interim Chair, Department of Teaching and Learning, Vanderbilt University - David K. Dickinson

"The book that all early childhood students and professionals who work with young children must read . . . should be owned by all prospective and current teachers of young children."

Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, Penn State University - Sheffner Hammer Carol

"A comprehensive resource for educating young bilingual children . . . truly valuable."

Associate Professor, Early Childhood, Old Dominion University - Andrea DeBruin-Parecki

"Enhanced to provide future and practicing teachers with more effective research-based practical examples . . . useful to those who work in classrooms with children who speak one language other than English as well as those in classrooms with children of many different language backgrounds."

Assistant Professor, California State University, Fullerton - Janice Myck-Wayne

"An informative, well written and practical book for early childhood educators . . . a worthy contribution to the field. Tabors presents a well researched, concise, informative and timely book on a subject that needs much attention."

California Bookwatch Midwest Book Review

"From applying the latest research to everyday teaching practices to using assessment techniques for each of a child's languages, and using the curriculum to foster learning, One Child, Two Languages is a powerful tool."

Reference and Research Book News
August 2009 issue
The Midwest Book Review Education Shelf
February 2010 Bookwatch
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781557669216
  • Publisher: Paul H. Brookes Company
  • Publication date: 2/1/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 215,817
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Prior to beginning her doctoral studies at the Harvard Graduate School of Education in 1981, Patton O. Tabors was an elementary school teacher and a childbirth educator. During her doctoral studies she focused on first and second language acquisition in young children. Her qualifying paper and dissertation research, based on 2 years of ethnographic investigation in a nursery school classroom, described the developmental pathway of a group of young children learning English as a second language. She was able to use this information as the basis for the material in One Child, Two Languages: A Guide for Preschool Educators of Children Learning English as a Second Language (Paul H. Brookes Publishing Co., 1997). Since 1987, Dr. Tabors has been the research coordinator of the Home-School Study of Language and Literacy Development in collaboration with Catherine Snow and David Dickinson. During this time she has also directed research related to low-education and low-income mothers reading to their preschool-age children as part of the Manpower Development Research Corporation evaluations of two welfare-to-work projects, New Chance and JOBS, and for the Harvard Language Diversity Project, a subproject of the New England Research Center on Head Start Quality, directed by David Dickinson. Dr. Tabors's latest research, a longitudinal project that is following the language and literacy development of Spanish-speaking children from preschool to second grade, combines her interests in early language and literacy development and second language acquisition in young children.
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Table of Contents

About the Author     ix
Foreword to the Second Edition   Mariela M. Paez     xi
Foreword to the First Edition   Catherine E. Snow     xv
Preface     xix
Acknowledgments     xxi
Introduction     1
The Second-Language-Learning Child's Task
Two Portraits: Juliana and Byong-sun     23
Getting Started in a Second Language     37
Speaking a Second Language     55
Individual Differences in Second-Language Learning     71
The Teacher's Role
Using Information, Communication, and Classroom Organization to Support Second-Language Learning     85
Using the Curriculum to Facilitate Second-Language and -Literacy Learning     105
Working with Parents of Second-Language Learners     125
Assessing the Development of Second-Language Learners     143
Developing Effective Early Childhood Programs for Second-Language Learners     171
Internationally Adopted Children
What to Expect, How to Help     185
References     203
Parent Questionnaire     211
Observing Children Learning English (OCLE)     217
Study Guide     223
Index     245
Permissions     255
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