Language Barriers

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Running Head: Overcoming Language Barriers in NC Pre-K Classrooms

How to Overcome Language Barriers in NC Pre-K Classrooms

FCS 711- Research and Inquiry in Family and Consumer Science

Dr. Rosa Purcell

Meisha Conrad

April 28, 2014


Being a teacher at a Head Start/ Early Head Start program I have experienced the language barriers between teachers and students from different ethnic groups. I can say it is not easy when you and your students cannot communicate. Dealing with the situation makes you question yourself and how you can fix the language barriers in your own classroom and also the school.
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schools. By understanding the cultural background and expectations of their Latino students, teachers can better connect with them and help them learn.
Preschool programs have operated on the myth that children must learn English early and quickly in order to be successful in school. This myth has also been conveyed to families. However, current review of literature reveals that research on dual language acquisition (DLA) cites that young children can and will learn two or more languages at the same time. In order to begin the shift towards multicultural and multilingual education of young children, programs are now challenged to prepare families, teachers, administrators, and other program professionals to educate children in a multicultural and multilingual way.
The first step towards making this shift is for staff to take a self assessment in order to determine their strengths and areas needing improvement towards promoting cultural competence. Self assessments are tools that can assist staff in meeting cultural and linguistic competencies. This is an ongoing process that is beneficial towards one’s professional development plan. The National Center for Cultural Competence has developed an assessment tool for staff providing services and supports in early childhood settings. Physical environment, materials and resources, communication styles, and values
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