Here in Massachusetts, the Department of Early Education and Care (EEC) wants your opinion.
EEC is holding two public hearings on its adoption of the WIDA Early English Language Development Standards (E-ELD) for children who are 2.5 to 5.5 years old.
As EEC says on its website, the E-ELD Standards are designed to:
• “help guide lesson planning to ensure that the different linguistic needs of dual language learners [DLLs] are being met”
• support dual language learners as they reach their next level of English Language Development
• inform decisions about class composition, staffing, curriculum, and assessment in programs that serve dual language learners, and
• help programs that serve dual language learners to make better use of EEC’s Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS)
The E-ELD Standards are aligned with K-12 English Language Development Standards, and as WIDA explains:
“Specific consideration has been given to the nature of early language and cognitive development, family and community-based socio-cultural contexts for language learning, and the psycholinguistic nature of second language acquisition in preschoolers who are still developing the foundational structures and rules of language.” (more…)