One Child, Two Languages: A Guide for Early Childhood Educators of Children Learning English as a Second Language, Second Edition

Author: The Late Patton O. Tabors Ed.D.; Foreword Authors: Catherine Snow Ph.D., Mariela Paez Ed.D., M.Ed.

Format: Paperback w/CD-ROM, 256 pages, 6.0 x 9.0
ISBN: 9781557669216
Price: $34.95

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Today's early childhood educators are serving more children learning English as a second language than ever—in Head Start alone, nearly 30% of the children speak a language other than English at home.* To support second language learners and put them on the path to academic success, every teacher needs this popular, practical, and highly readable guidebook.

Reflecting 10 years of dramatic change in early education—especially in critical areas like assessment and cultural diversity—the second edition of this bestseller gives teachers up-to-date research, usable information, and essential tools to meet the needs of second language learners in today's learning environments. Leading researcher Patton Tabors equips teachers with the foundation of knowledge they need to

  • apply cutting-edge research to their everyday teaching practices
  • address NAEYC's recommendations for responding to linguistic and cultural diversity
  • use appropriate assessment techniques for children's first and second language, including an easy-to-use observation checklist (on the CD-ROM) to monitor children's English language learning over time
  • discover ways to improve literacy instruction for all children, including literacy practices checklists (on the CD-ROM) that pinpoint areas needing curriculum support
  • understand and attend to the particular needs of internationally adopted children
  • conduct thought-provoking professional discussions with the book-club-ready study guide and materials (on the CD-ROM)

Teachers will also get updates on all the key topics covered in the first edition, including working with parents, understanding the process of second-language acquisition, and using the curriculum and classroom organization to facilitate English language and literacy learning. Ideal for professional development, this book is the best tool a teacher can have to support the language and literacy development and school success of second language learners while honoring their home languages and cultures.

*English Language Learners Focus Group Report, 2002

Get practical strategies on the accompanying DVD, One Child, Two Languages in Action.


Review: Midwest Book Review, California Bookwatch

"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."

Review by: Janice Myck-Wayne, Assistant Professor, California State University, Fullerton

"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."

Review by: Elizabeth Pea, Professor, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, University of Texas at Austin

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

Review by: David Dickinson, Professor and Interim Chair, Department of Teaching and Learning, Vanderbilt University

"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."

Review by: Sheffner Hammer Carol, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, Penn State University

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

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

"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."

Review by: Fred Genesee, McGill University

"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."

Review by: Karen Stanley, Birth-Kindergarten Coordinator, UNC-Pembroke

"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."

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

"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."

Review by: Sonia Soltero, Associate Professor and Director, Bilingual-Bicultural Education Program, DePaul University

"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."

Table of Contents

About the Author
Foreword to the Second Edition: Mariela M. Páez
Foreword to the First Edition: Catherine E. Snow
  1. Introduction
I. The Second-Language-Learning Child's Task
  1. Two Portraits: Juliana and Byong-sun
  2. Getting Started in a Second Language
  3. Speaking a Second Language
  4. Individual Differences in Second-Language Learning
II. The Teacher's Role
  1. Using Information, Communication, and Classroom Organization to Support Second-Language Learning
  2. Using the Curriculum to Facilitate Second-Language and -Literacy Learning
  3. Working with Parents of Second-Language Learners
  4. Assessing the Development of Second-Language Learners
  5. Developing Effective Early Childhood Programs for Second-Language Learners
III. Internationally Adopted Children
  1. What to Expect, How to Help
Appendix A: Parent Questionnaire
Appendix B: Observing Children Learning English (OCLE)
Study Guide

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