Many Languages, One Classroom

Teaching Dual and English Language Learners

Many Languages, One Classroom
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  Author: Karen N. Nemeth
ISBN: 978-0-87659-087-4
Publisher: Gryphon House
Pages: 96,  © 2009
Item: 14399
Price: $12.95


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"This book fills a serious gap in our professional toolbox: How to design and implement curriculum for young children who are learning English as they continue to learn their home language.”  --Linda M. Espinosa, Ph.D., Former Professor of Early Childhood Education at the University of Missouri-Columbia

In classrooms across the country, teachers are encountering more children who are learning English, come from diverse backgrounds, and who speak a variety of languages. As challenging as this may be, a preschool teacher’s goal remains the same: to welcome all children and give them the best possible start in education and in life.

Even the most experienced teacher can feel a bit unsure about meeting the unique needs of children from different language backgrounds. Many Languages, One Classroom applies the latest information about best practices to all aspects of a preschool program. From using lists of key words and visual aids to using body language and gestures, the strategies you will find in this book are adaptable and easy to put into practice. Designed to fit any preschool curriculum, Many Languages, One Classroom addresses state standards and benchmarks of standard quality programming.

Organized by interest areas and times of the day, you’ll find everything you need to help English language learners during dramatic play, outdoor play, reading, science, blocks, and circle time. Each chapter has the following key components:

The Environment


Links to Standards

Family Connections

Technology Tips


Many Languages, One Classroom is filled with ideas you can implement in your classroom to open the doors of literacy and learning for young English language learners.





"I've been using "Many Languages, One Classroom" in my Language and Literacy Development class this semester and have found it to be an excellent resource for the students."

-Patricia Cantor, Professor of Education and Early Childhood Studies Coordinator at Plymouth State University

"This timely guide is designed to aid preschool teachers and administrators in supporting children's home language while helping them learn English...This invaluable resource makes a critical contribution to our understanding of this topic and the ability to teach dual language learners.


"An important tool for opening the door to literacy and learning for English learners."

-Texas Child Care Quarterly

Karen N. NemethKaren Nemeth earned her BA in Psychology from William Paterson University and her M.Ed. in Learning, Cognition and Development from Rutgers University. She has been a teacher and a teacher educator for more than 25 years, focusing her expertise on first and second language development in young children.   She is a nationally known speaker and consultant based at  She is the author of three Gryphon House books: Many Languages, One Classroom: Teaching Dual and English Language Learners (2009), Many Languages, Building Connections: Supporting Infants and Toddlers who are Dual Language Learners (2012) and, with Fran Simon, Digital Decisions: Choosing the Right Technology Tools for Early Childhood (2012). She is also a NAEYC author and consulting editor.
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