Video Courses

Supporting Dual Language Learners Right from the Start

IACET Accredited
0.40 CEUs 4 Training Hours

Hola! Bonjour! Nǐn hǎo! Anyoung! These are just a few ways some of your learners may say “hello.” You can support their home language and create positive learning experiences that respond to their needs and prepares them for kindergarten – and beyond.

100% Free
Time to complete
4 Hours
Provides a
Certificate of Training
Recommended for
  • Teachers of preschool and pre-k dual language learners.  ​
  • Program leaders and site directors serving young preschool and pre-k dual language learners and their families.
  • Other professionals (monolingual and bilingual) serving young preschool and pre-k dual language learners.
  • Instructional coaches working with teachers of young DLLs.
By the End of This Course You’ll Be Able To
  • Describe dual language development, the benefits of bilingualism, and the role of first language in DLL’s development.
  • Identify and explain the six essential ecosystem elements that contribute to an ecosystem for dual language learners thrive.
  • Design culturally and linguistically responsive learning environments for dual language learners.
  • Learn and apply teaching practices that specifically support DLLs’ development and build their foundation in language and literacy.
Why It Matters
  • There is a lack of fit between what science tells us about how DLLs learn and how we teach them in the classroom.  ​
  • Young DLLs benefit greatly from a variety of supports and practices teachers can put in place to maximize their learning.
  • DLLs’ first language is a valuable asset that plays an important role in their learning and must be woven into the classroom experience.

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

    DLL Lesson 1: Setting the Stage for Supporting DLLs Right from the Start!

     Duration 23  minutes
    This lesson introduces you to Dual Language Learners and to some common myths surrounding their learning and development.
  2. Lesson 2

    DLL Lesson 2: Development in More than One Language

     Duration 31  minutes
    In this lesson you will learn how development in two languages unfolds, the important role of the first language, and the benefits of bilingualism.
  3. Lesson 3

    DLL Lesson 3: An Ecosystem Approach to Teaching DLLs

     Duration 17  minutes
    How do you create a supportive and inclusive classroom learning environment for DLLs? This lesson introduces you to the ecosystem approach to teaching DLLs.
  4. Lesson 4

    DLL Lesson 4: Essential Ecosystem Elements - A culturally and linguistically responsive environment

     Duration 19  minutes
    Learn how to create a culturally and linguistically responsive environment for DLLs.
  5. Lesson 5

    DLL Lesson 5: Essential Ecosystem Elements - First language connections

     Duration 24  minutes
    DLLs thrive when their teachers make connections between their first language and English throughout the day. In this lesson you will learn how to accomplish that.
  6. Lesson 6

    DLL Lesson 6: Essential Ecosystem Elements – Intentional focus on Oral Language

     Duration 30  minutes
    In this lesson you will learn how to teach DLLs with a laser focus on oral language and additional supports.
  7. Lesson 7

    DLL Lesson 7: Integrating Planning and Teaching around an Anchor Book

     Duration 31  minutes
    At the end of this lesson, you will know how to organize your planning and teaching around an anchor book.
  8. Lesson 8

    DLL Lesson 8: Essential Ecosystem Elements - Progress Monitoring and Meaningful Assessment

     Duration 32  minutes
    This lesson will highlight what you need to keep in mind for meaningful assessment of DLLs’ developmental progress.
  9. Lesson 9

    DLL Lesson 9: Strong Partnerships with Families

     Duration 30  minutes
    This lesson emphasizes the importance of fostering strong partnerships with families of dual language learners and offers some ideas of how to create and leverage these partnerships.
  10. Lesson 10

    DLL Lesson 10: End of Course Assessment

     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

  • "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
  • "I enjoy learning new ways to interact with children and to help them become the best they can be and be able to succeed in life to the fullest."
  • "I have learned so much to take back to my classroom. I’m using these learning experiences to help strengthen the language of each child and I see a difference each day in the children’s language."


The Cox Campus is the digital outreach platform for the Rollins Center for Language & Literacy. Our team is composed of experienced teachers, early learning and language experts, neuroscientists, school leaders, speech language pathologists and authorities in adult learning and curriculum design to give all children access to the Science of Reading to change the odds for all children.

The Rollins Center, of the Atlanta Speech School, in some cases, may allow an instructor, facilitator, content editor or a subject matter expert or consultant with proprietary interests to conduct professional development activities at Rollins events, provided that appropriate disclosure of such interest is made. Disclosure of proprietary interest will be made on course material and at the beginning of the course/learning event, when applicable.