According to Child Trends, “In 2016, one in three U.S. children lived in a household where a language other than English is spoken. Dual language learners (DLLs) have the potential to excel in an increasingly diverse society. However, their academic achievement lags behind that of children whose only home language is English.” While we know this, we also know that learning two languages or more has significant advantages in brain development, improving cognitive skills and overall success in school.
But what exactly is the science around learning two languages, and how can we dispel myths and support young DLLs so that we prevent and close those gaps for a third of our children in the early years and the early grades?
Joins us on Feb. 18, from 3–4:30 p.m. ET, for this next Science Matters! webinar, moderated by Ellen Galinsky, chief science officer at the Bezos Family Foundation. Ellen will be joined by Dr. Patricia Kuhl and Dr. Sarah Lytle from the Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences, and Dr. Linda Espinosa from the University of Missouri-Columbia.
During the webinar, Dr. Kuhl and Dr. Lytle will share their insights on what we’ve learned about the development of language, including key milestones, and on the key principles from a groundbreaking study in Madrid that looked at babies learning a second language. Dr. Espinosa will discuss research findings, implementation challenges and essential practices in early childhood settings for dual language learners.
Presenters will join in a conversation with Ellen on some of the most pressing questions and concerns impacting DLL children and their parents, digging in to the need to change beliefs, provide intentional language supports and elevate family engagement. We hope you will join us!
As always with our Science Matters! webinars, we encourage you to view the webinar with 3–4 members of your local GLR coalition and participate in an interactive 30-minute session with the presenters where you can ask questions and discuss the one or two takeaway ideas you want to share with your coalition.
I look forward to your participation!
Science Matters! Webinar Series Goals:
The Science Matters! webinar series will promote capacity building, network building and road testing of community-built models around early learning and parent success. Funders and their local teams will:
- gain new knowledge and insights about the science of brain development and early learning;
- increase their level of urgency to promote and support early brain development in ways that take the research to action; and
- prepare to act, lead and invest in a suite of tools, programs and strategies to ensure that parents are equipped with the knowledge, confidence and supports to be successful in their essential roles as brain builders.
We hope you will join us for this exciting series!