Preschool English Learners Resource Guide:
Principles and Practices to Promote Language, Literacy and Learning (Second Edition)
(California Department of Education, 2009)
The Preschool English Learners Resource Guide offers early childhood care and education providers resources to assist in understanding and supporting preschool children who are learning English as a second language. The guide is anchored in research evidence and has been developed around 8 core beliefs, such as “There is an important relationship between language, culture, and learning,” or “Acquiring oral language fluency in English is different from acquiring academic English, the formal language of the school”. In addition, for each of the core beliefs, principles and related implementation practices are offered which help teachers promote language, literacy and learning for preschool English learners.
The second edition of the Preschool English Learners Resource Guide (CDE, 2009) is currently available in English. Download order form for the second edition.
The Preschool English Learners Resource Guide (CDE, 2007) has been translated into Spanish and is available through CDE Press. Download order form for the guide in Spanish. The second edition (CDE, 2009) will be available in Spanish in the future.
Additional resources available to support the use of the Preschool English Learners Resource Guide include:
- A World Full of Language: Supporting Preschool English Learners (CDE, 2007), a companion DVD depicting early childhood professionals implementing many of the important concepts and strategies described in the guide with preschool English learners.
To download the Faculty Initiative Project's Instructional Guide for the Preschool English Learners Resource Guide and companion PowerPoint presentations to be used in the college classroom, go to the Instructional Guides page.