Home Language as Foundation for English Language Development Video

April 2024 | California Department of Education with WestED

This 3-minute video from the California Department of Education in collaboration with WestEd focuses on the role of home languages as a foundation for English Language Development (ELD). The video emphasizes the importance of recognizing and valuing students’ diverse linguistic backgrounds to enhance their overall language proficiency. It highlights strategies and insights for educators to leverage students’ home languages as a bridge to acquiring English proficiency, ultimately fostering a more inclusive and effective learning environment. The resource advocates for a multilingual approach to education, promoting a holistic understanding of language development that acknowledges and celebrates linguistic diversity. Teachers and administrators can benefit from the practical guidance provided in the video to support students in their language journey and promote a more equitable educational experience.