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Connecting the Dots for Dual Language Learners Throughout the Preschool Day!

IACET Accredited
0.30 CEUs 2.5 Training Hours

Dual language learners use ALL their language resources to make meaning of their world and the new things they’re learning. Their classrooms should reflect this development!  Learn how to help connect the dots for DLLs by supporting their learning and participation during morning meeting, story time, centers, small groups, and transitions.

100% Free
Time to complete
2.5 Hours
Provides a
Certificate of Training
Recommended for
  • ​Preschool/Pre-K Teachers
  • Birth to 5 Instructional Coaches
  • Early Childhood Education Leaders and Program Directors
By the End of This Course You’ll Be Able To
  • ​Identify and explain the six essential elements that contribute to a language-rich ecosystem where dual language learners thrive.
  • Learn how these elements and the best practices associated with them come together throughout the instructional day to support DLLs’ learning during morning meeting, story time, centers, small groups, and transitions.
  • Implement equitable teaching practices that specifically support DLLs’ development and build their foundation in language and literacy.
Why It Matters
  • ​The early childhood classroom is becoming more and more diverse, and teachers must be prepared to teach all children effectively.
  • Dual language learners learn best and develop a solid foundation in language and literacy in environments where their culture and first language are woven into the classroom experience.
  • By incorporating a variety of supports you can create an environment where DLLs feel safe, included, and ready to learn!

How it Works

  • Learn at Your Own Pace

    You don’t have to finish the course all in one sitting. In fact, we recommend you take this course a little bit at a time, incorporating what you’ve learned in the classroom.

  • Earn IACET CEUs

    In order to pass and receive IACET CEUs for this course, you will first need to complete all the lessons, then complete the end of course assessment with a score of 80% or higher.

  • Free Guided Resources

    As you go through a course, we’ll introduce you to free resources that will help you implement what you’re learning.

  • Never Learn Alone

    Have a question on what you’re learning in the course or how to use a resource? Reach out to the Cox Campus community for advice or to lend a helping hand to others.


  1. Lesson 1

    CTD Lesson 1: Understanding the Essential Elements

     Duration 15  minutes
    How do you create supportive and inclusive learning environments for preschool DLLs? This lesson re-introduces the ecosystem approach and the associated essential elements.
  2. Lesson 2

    CTD Lesson 2: A Meaningful Morning Meeting

     Duration 31  minutes
    Morning Meeting sets the tone for the day. This lesson explores how teachers can ensure DLLs are included in a meaningful Morning Meeting experience.
  3. Lesson 3

    CTD Lesson 3: Reading Storybooks with DLLs

     Duration 27  minutes
    At the end of this lesson, you will know what supports to use to make story time with DLLs a more inclusive and robust learning experience.
  4. Lesson 4

    CTD Lesson 4: Extending Language Learning in Centers and Small Groups

     Duration 37  minutes
    Small group and centers are perfect times for powerful interactions that propel DLLs' learning. At the end of this lesson, you will be ready to support DLLs effectively during these key instructional moments.
  5. Lesson 5

    CTD Lesson 5: Moving Right Along: Transitions

     Duration 34  minutes
    Transitions take up a great part of our preschool day. In this lesson you will learn to use multiple supports to plan seamless and stress-free transitions for DLLs.
  6. Lesson 6

    CTD Lesson 6: End of Course Assessment and Survey

     Duration 18  minutes
    In this lesson, you will take the end-of-course assessment. You must score 80% or higher to pass the assessment and receive your certificate of completion.

Your Facilitator

Cristina Mendonça
Birth to Five Facilitator
Cristina is a Birth to 5 Facilitator at Rollins. She provides coaching on Cox Campus practices.

Success Stories

  • "The Cox Campus will give you practical tools to dramatically benefit the children in your classrooms, giving them the power to be successful in elementary school and well beyond."
  • "I love the Cox Campus courses because I am able to log on at my convenience and learn a little more information to help me be a better teacher/caregiver and even a better parent."
    Infant/Toddler Teacher
  • "I have experienced more meaningful conversations with my students and have seen them flourish in literacy due to the incorporation of strategies I’ve learned."
    Pre-K Teacher


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