Helping Young Children acquire english as an Additional Language

Tips for Preschool Staff when helping young children to acquire english as an additional language:

  • Ensure everyone feels welcome.
  • Build your relationships with the child and their family.
  • Make sure you are pronouncing the child’s name correctly.
  • Help the child learn the names of staff and children.
  • Learn Key Words in the Child’s Language.
  • Ensure the child’s ethnic diversity is reflected in the Preschool environment, e.g. posters, toys, dolls, books.
  • Be consistent in the language that you use.
  • Group rhymes and songs are a great way to encourage confidence.
  • Emphasis to parents the importance of maintaining their own language at home.
  • Praise and encourage all attempts to communicate.

See also Play is the Universal Language.


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