Demystifying Multilingualism in Early Childhood

Demystifying Multilingualism in Early Childhood

What does multilingualism look like in early childhood, and why is it beneficial in the short- and long-term? How can educators who have been trained on monolingual language development apply Montessori theory and prepare children to learn multiple languages simultaneously and sequentially? With content created by multilingualism experts, Gabrielle Kotkov and Michela Castellarin, this official AMS on-demand, self-guided class addresses these questions and more! It focuses on early childhood and builds on Montessori training to gain insight and strategies for supporting language development among multilingual children.

Instruction takes approximately 6 hours to complete at your own pace with no homework assignments. Each of the 6 class modules of the dynamic multimedia course includes a short introduction, content for the participant to review (including videos, podcasts, readings, resources, etc.), a game or activity related to the content, and a required discussion post. Each lesson/module is estimated to take approximately one hour to complete. You will have six months from the date of purchase to complete the class and download the certificate that grants 8 hours of professional development.

Learner Outcomes

  • Understand the process of multiple language acquisition for young children.
  • Deepen knowledge of how Montessori principles relate to multiple language acquisition in young children.
  • Explore misconceptions and benefits of multilingualism.
  • Develop tools and strategies to support multilingualism with young children in an early childhood setting.
  • Access ready-to-use templates and identify practical Montessori-aligned strategies to support multilingual children during early childhood.

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Welcome & Introduction
Welcome to Demystifying Multilingualism in Early Childhood
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Open to view video.  |   Closed captions available Watch this short welcome video for a brief introduction to the this short class.
Introduction Discussion
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Make 1 discussion post to continue. This discussion offers an opportunity to introduce yourself, share where you are from, and what brings you to this class. Click "Participate in the Discussion" to begin. The prompt will be provided at the top of the discussion space.
Lesson 1: Montessori Theory & First Language Acquisition
Lesson 1: Montessori Theory & First Language Acquisition
Begin self-paced component package.
Begin self-paced component package. This lesson will offer a review of Montessori theory and first language acquisition.
Lesson 1 Discussion
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Make 1 discussion post to continue. The Lesson 1 Discussion invites you to reflect on how the absorbent mind relates to practitioners and parents. Click "Participate in the Discussion" to begin. The prompt will be provided at the top of the discussion space.
Lesson 2: Types of Multilingualism & Stages of Second Language Acquisition
Lesson 2: Type of Multilingualism & Second Language Acquisition
Begin self-paced component package.
Begin self-paced component package. This lesson will introduce types of multilingualism and the stages of second language acquisition.
Lesson 2 Discussion
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Make 1 discussion post to continue. The Lesson 2 Discussion invites you to think about the stages of second language acquisition and how you have experienced or observed those characteristics. Click "Participate in the Discussion" to begin. The prompt will be provided at the top of the discussion space.
Lesson 3: Misconceptions & Benefits of Multilingualism
Lesson 3: Misconceptions & Benefits of Multilingualism
Begin self-paced component package.
Begin self-paced component package. The lesson offers a discussion about misconceptions and common questions related to multilingualism as well as a highlight of potential benefits.
Lesson 3 Discussion
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Make 1 discussion post to continue. The Lesson 3 Discussion invites you to share your thoughts about the misconceptions and questions shared in the Lesson 3 conversation. Click "Participate in the Discussion" to begin. The prompt will be provided at the top of the discussion space.
Lesson 4: Strategies at Home
Lesson 4: Strategies to Support Multilingualism in the Early Childhood Environment
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Begin self-paced component package. This lesson will introduce strategies to support multilingualism in the early childhood classroom environment.
Lesson 4 Discussion
Make 1 discussion post to continue.
Make 1 discussion post to continue. The Lesson 4 Discussion will ask you to think critically about teaching a second language in an early childhood setting. Click "Participate in the Discussion" to begin. The prompt will be provided at the top of the discussion space.
Lesson 5: Strategies in the Classroom
Lesson 5: Strategies to Support Multilingualism in the Home
Begin self-paced component package.
Begin self-paced component package. The lesson offers strategies to support multilingualism in the home.
Lesson 5 Discussion
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Make 1 discussion post to continue. The Lesson 5 Discussion will invite you to share how you will use the strategies and techniques shared. Click "Participate in the Discussion" to begin. The prompt will be provided at the top of the discussion space.
Lesson 6: Where We've Been & What's to Come
Lesson 6: Where We've Been & What's to Come
Begin self-paced component package.
Begin self-paced component package. This lesson will offer a review of information from Lessons 1-5 and provide resources you can use as you support multilingualism in early childhood environments and/or the home.
Lesson 6 Discussion
Make 1 discussion post to continue.
Make 1 discussion post to continue. The Lesson 6 Discussion will invite you to reflect on how you will use what you have learned.
Survey & Certificate
Demystifying Multilingualism in Early Childhood Survey
5 Questions
5 Questions Completion of this survey is required before receiving a certificate of completion. Please take a moment to answer a few quick questions to help us improve our short class offerings.
Certificate of Professional Development
8.00 CPD credits  |  Certificate available
8.00 CPD credits  |  Certificate available A certificate for 6 professional development hours will release within 30 minutes of completion of all components of the class.
Resources
Did You Know Resource
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Open to download resource.
Parent/Community Newsletter Template
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Open to download resource.
ABAR Resource
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Open to download resource.

Gabrielle Kotkov

Founder of Multilingual Montessori

Multilingual Montessori

Gabrielle Kotkov, MS, is an educational consultant and founder of Multilingual Montessori, an AMI 3-6 Montessori Guide and Fulbright Scholar with a Master of Science in Child Studies and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) certification. She has taught in schools in New York City, London, Italy, and Austin, Texas and speaks English, Italian, French, and a bit of Spanish.

Michela Castellarin

Field Expert

Michela Castellarin is an internationally-renowned expert in the Montessori approach to early education. She has been working with the Montessori community as a teacher educator and accreditation assessor for the last 20 years, both in the UK and internationally.  Michela is a native Italian speaker and raised her own children in a multilingual environment.

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