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New Support For Georgia's Young Dual Language Learners

October 30, 2014
A stack of notebooks sits beside a cup full of pencils.

Georgia’s children are a special and diverse group of young learners. Their cultural backgrounds are not all cut from the same cloth, and neither are their language experiences.

Dual language learners are children who are actively learning two languages at the same time. In Georgia alone, this group makes up 20% of children 8 years old and under. In response to this large number of dual language learners, the Department of Early Care and Learning is working with World Class Instructional Design and Assessment (WIDA) to create a plan that will provide support and instruction for these young learners between the ages of 2 1/2 to 5 1/2 years old.

Beginning in January 2015, WIDA will offer two 7-month programs that will train teachers how to train other teachers on how to most effectively work with dual language learners. The training programs will be aligned with the Early Language Development Standards, which also correspond with WIDA English and Spanish Language Development Standards for Kindergarten through Grade 12. The group has carefully examined the standards to make sure they are tailored to meet the exact needs of students ages 2 1/2 to 5 1/2 years old.

The young Dual Language Learners of Georgia are receiving the attention they deserve with this new program. For more information, check out WIDA’s webinars or visit DECAL’s website.

About the Author

A Georgia native, Rachael Wheeler works as a Web Support Specialist for GeorgiaGov. She writes about a variety of current topics relevant to the Georgia government.


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