Code Switching: Why It Matters and How to Respond

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This workbook for Head Start and Early Head Start programs defines and describes code switching—the term applied to dual-language learners (DLLs) mixing two or more languages in the same sentence when speaking—and explains why code switching matters. It provides guidance to teachers, home visitors, and other staff on how to respond to code switching, including examples of how adults can provide strong language models for children when they code-switch. The workbook format allows this resource to be used as a professional development tool that can be completed by an individual or used for activities in group training.


The staff of the National Center on Cultural and Linguistic Responsiveness

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35 pp.