Competency in English is essential for multicultural children to get a good developmental and educational start in the United States. It is also important that they maintain their native language. In the Early Biliteracy Development concentration, you can study research-based strategies that help children to develop a strong literacy base in both English and their home languages. You will have the opportunity to analyze the impact of racial and cultural discrimination on children's language and intellectual development, as well as explore issues that affect bilingual children who are assimilating in a diverse society.
The curriculum helps you build a solid foundation of knowledge about first- and second-language acquisition and development and identify the myths associated with second language development. You can also gain insight into how children's sense of identity and self-esteem impact the quality of their learning experiences and future academic success.