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A World Full of Language provides information on how children acquire English as a second language, and offers research-based strategies teachers and paraprofessionals can use to support English learners. It begins by presenting the two paths to learning English as a second language and focuses on five strategies preschool teachers can use to support young children's language acquisition. This is followed by five strategies that move young English learners toward literacy. This resource was originally developed by WestEd fo r the California Department of Education.



This module is developed for teachers, paraprofessionals, parents and those who are working directly with young children. So if you interested to know how children acquire English as a second language these simple  strategies and techniques are for you!  


Participants in this module will be introduced to the following elements to help support young children learn English as a second language:

Paths to Learning English as a Second Language

  1. Simultaneous Language Acquisition
  2. Successive Language Acquisition

Strategies That Support Second-Language Acquisition

  1. Honor the Home Language
  2. Create a Climate of Belonging
  3. Provide Scaffolds
  4. Focus on Children’s Interests
  5. Encourage Peer Support

Moving Toward Literacy

  1. Strengthen Interest in Print
  2. Draw Attention to Sounds
  3. Build Letter Knowledge
  4. Make Books and Stories Come Alive
  5. Link Literacy to Home and Community

How to Take this Unit

Participants in this module will be engaged in the above strategies by:

  1. Viewing short video segments that highlight specific ideas and strategies for support the develop of English as a second language,
  2. Reading information and references and accessing resources.


If you are individually engaging in this module to completion, you may likely spend from 45 to 90 minutes. If you are facilitating this module for others, you may likely spend 1 to 3 hours with these resources.