Supporting Bilingual Learners in the Early Years - Thurs 11 Jan 2024
Thursday, January 11, 2024 - 9:30am to 3:30pm
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About this event
In the 21st century UK society has become ever more diverse and increasing numbers of bilingual children are entering Early Years settings. Most practitioners in the UK now work with children who speak more than one language and who bring a wide range of linguistic and cultural experiences.
The aim of the day is to support your work with young bilingual learners with a focus on children who are new to learning English.
By the end of the course delegates will:
- make links with current EYFS guidance and discuss how to put this into practice with young bilingual children and their families;
- develop an understanding of assessment for children who are new to English and the stages of early language development for young bilinguals;
- develop strategies for supporting children’s early language and communication when learning a new language;
- understand the importance of recognising and building on children’s cultural and linguistic experiences and providing a positive learning environment.
Trainer(s): Dr Rose Drury
We are pleased to welcome back Dr Rose Drury. Rose is an Early Years Education Consultant and Honorary Associate at The Open University. She has over 20 years of experience working with undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral students and with practitioners in early years settings. She is frequently asked to speak at conferences on supporting multilingualism in the early years because of her recognised expertise in the field and has published a book ‘Young bilingual learners at home and at school’ (Trentham). Rose has also worked with parent groups in a variety of settings.