About the Best Practices for Teaching Languages to Children Guide
The Best Practices for Teaching Languages to Children guide features research-proven methodology for teaching world language to young students. It is an essential resource for teachers who are new to the US classroom, are teaching English to young students internationally, or have limited experience teaching world language to young children!
The authors of the guide, Mary Lynn Redmond and Nancy C. Rhodes, have spent their academic careers working with both new and veteran world language teachers at the elementary school level. As a result, they have shared five best practices that are student-centered, proficiency-based, and emphasize cultural understanding.
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Mary Lynn Redmond
Mary Lynn Redmond (BA, EdD UNC-Greensboro, MAEd UNC-Chapel Hill) is Professor Emerita of Education and former Coordinator of K-12 Foreign Language Education at Wake Forest University (NC). Mary Lynn taught undergraduate and graduate level courses in K-12 methodology and research and also supervised student interns. She has held numerous state and national positions, including president of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL), president of the Foreign Language Association of North Carolina (FLANC), and president and executive secretary of the National Network for Early Language Learning (NNELL). Her research covers a wide range of topics in foreign language education, and she has published articles in The French Review, Hispania, Foreign Language Annals, Learning Languages, and The Language Educator as well as numerous book chapters and instructional resources.
Nancy C. Rhodes
Nancy C. Rhodes (M.S. Sociolinguistics, Georgetown University) is currently a Senior Fellow at the Center for Applied Linguistics where she served as Director of World Language Education, overseeing language research, professional development, and program evaluation projects at the elementary and secondary school levels. She advocates for and conducts research on innovative language programs for children (Elementary School Foreign Language Teaching: Lessons Learned over Three Decades (1980-2010), 2014; Foreign Language Teaching in U.S. Schools: Results of a National Survey, with I. Pufahl, 2010). She is a founding member and served as the first Executive Secretary of the National Network for Early Language Learning.