The Young Dual Language Learner: 20 Short Videos

“This collection of short videos highlighting real-world examples of best practices for young dual language learners will quickly become a staple for all ECE professional development initiatives. Phil and Sally have captured vignettes that vividly illustrate what we mean by strategically using the home language to support English language development for preschool DLLs.  These videos provide instructors, directors, and teachers with examples of research-based practices that will be sure to create a springboard for discussion and deepen practitioner knowledge.”

Linda M. Espinosa, Ph.D.
Professor, Author, Consultant
Co-Principal Investigator, Frank Porter Graham, Child Development Institute
Center for Early Care and Education Research-Dual Language Learners
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and University of Missouri-Columbia

“This collection is extraordinarily helpful and wonderful to watch! I use the videos as illustrations and discussion starters in teacher workshops, meetings with college faculty and keynote presentations.”

Karen N. Nemeth
Author, Basics of Supporting Dual Language Learners
Founder and Lead Consultant, Language Castle LLC

“These ‘snapshots’ focus individually on many of the steps that are part of a child’s process of language acquisition.  What sets this resource apart from others is the carefully researched basis of the material, wonderfully brought to life by the joint talents of Sally Durbin, expert teacher, and Phil Bedel, expert videographer and editor.   Getting high quality video in an early childhood program is notoriously difficult.  The active, noisy environment works against the non-invasive capturing of unscripted, spontaneous examples of the children learning and using a new language the company of a well-prepared, alert teacher.  The thorough planning, patient hours of filming and sensitive editing of massive amounts of material have resulted in this extraordinary series of illustrative vignettes.  The user’s guide provides the busy director or trainer with helpful support in designing a developmentally appropriate curriculum built on an understanding of the teacher’s own background and preparation as well as on the feelings and experiences of the children and parents that they serve.”

Gay Macdonald
President of the Association of Child Development Specialists
Former Executive Director of UCLA Early Care and Education
Co-Author, Preschool Pathways to Science

“In this collection of videos, teachers demonstrate intentional and explicit teaching strategies that illustrate how teachers who do not speak the home language of a child can enhance a child’s second language development.  Throughout the vignettes, teachers not only show respect for a child’s language and culture but also implicitly communicate how language, regardless of which one is used, is a tool for understanding our world. These videos demonstrate how monolingual English speaking teachers who work with young Dual Language Learners can be effective in advancing their early learning.”

Marlene Zepeda, Ph.D.
Professor, Emerita
Department of Child and Family Studies
California State University, Los Angeles

Soyul & Teacher Yvette… Adventures in Preschool Second Language Acquisition

Soyul & Teacher Yvette  “is a terrific resource.  It captures something marvelous and important–the educational power associated with seeing Soyul’s development through the stages of second language learning and the way that educators can incorporate research-based supports into the classroom.”

Kimberly Brenneman, Ph.D.
Assistant Research Professor
Rutgers Center for Cognitive Science
National Institute for Early Education Research

“Soyul & Teacher Yvette is a dynamic visual tool for anyone who works with young, preschool-age dual language learners.  A powerful documentary, it demystifies and demonstrates the interplay between the stages and strategies of preschool second language acquisition for all who watch!”

Janet S. Oh, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Psychology
Associate Director, Faculty Development
California State University, Northridge

“These heartwarming and informative videos take the mystery out of the process of second language development.  Early childhood education professors, consultants and authors will also find that this collection can be invaluable for updating their work to reflect new best practices.”

Karen N. Nemeth
Author, Basics of Supporting Dual Language Learners
Founder and Lead Consultant, Language Castle LLC

“Most people who work with young children will meet at least some who speak a different language as the diversity of our population grows. I think every early childhood teacher and caregiver should have the opportunity to learn from Soyul & Teacher Yvette. These heartwarming and informative videos take the mystery out of the process of second language development.  They provide excellent, evidence-based strategies for nurturing and teaching young children who are dual language learners along with engaging real-life examples. Early childhood education professors, consultants and authors will also find that this collection can be invaluable for updating their work to reflect new best practices. “

Marilyn McGrath
Professor, Santa Monica College
Past President, California Association for the Education of Young Children