Young Lives: Many Languages, Many Cultures

Rosaria Alverez, Alice Barton, Gretel Clark, James F. Keenan, Yvonne Lalyre, Carol MacNeill, Maryann O'Brien

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Summary:

Developed in response to requests from public school providers to the Massachusetts Department of Education for technical assistance, this publication offers guidance on how best to care for and educate young children whose first language is other than English and/or who are from diverse cultural backgrounds. The question and answer format addresses issues on the following subjects: language and culture, screening and outreach, curriculum and physical environment, classroom language instructional models, working with families, administrative and staff considerations, and answers to some myths about cultural groups and language learning. A resource section describes a variety of organizations and sources of information, assistance, and materials relevant to culturally and linguistically diverse programs. Books and print materials are highlighted in various sections of the text. Descriptions of developmentally appropriate materials, supplies, and equipment are provided in an appendix. Contains 58 references. 

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Bibliographic Information:

Rosaria Alverez, Alice Barton, Gretel Clark, James F. Keenan, Yvonne Lalyre, Carol MacNeill, Maryann O'Brien. Young Lives: Many Languages, Many Cultures (1992). Massachusetts Department of Education: Malden, MA. (70 pages).

Sponsoring Agency: Massachusetts Department of Education

Language: English

Reading Level: Average

Formats Available: Printed Material

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(Available at no charge, call Alice Barton
(781) 3386354
abarton@doe.nass.edu )

Massachusetts Department of Education
Early Learning Services
350 Main Street
Malden, MA
02148

Phone: (781) 388-3300

Email: abarton@DOE.MASS.EDU

Languages Available: English

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Intended User Audience:

The material was developed for Pre-K and Kindergarten teachers and program administrators in public schools, Head Start and private child care in Massachusetts. Teachers in Massachusetts are primarily white/ English speaking, although the child population is much more diverse. It is also intended for faculty/trainers, paraprofessionals, and service delivery personnel in early intervention/ early childhood special education. Although not intended for classes, the manual is being used in college classes with pre-service teachers. 

Product Development:

This material was developed in the Massachussetts State Dept. of Education. Participants in the development of this book included members of the Early Childhood Advisory Council and State Advisory Council on Bilingual Education to the MA Board of Education. Disciplines represented were administrators, teachers, and faculty/ trainers in the fields of early intervention/ early childhood special education, early childhood education, and bilingual education. Contributors included members of Euro-American, Hispanic, Portuguese, and Chinese cultures. 

Product Evaluation:

Product has not been formally evaluated. 

Product Dissemination:

Approximately 6,000 copies have been disseminated to date, mostly in Massachusetts. It has also been disseminated at conferences outside of Massachusetts. Students, faculty, and departments of education in other states have requested it. 

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