The Tallk project provides preschool teachers with training and coaching in specific strategies for interacting with English learner children to support language acquisition. Tallk is based on the research-demonstrated best practice of providing adult education through a combination of information sharing followed by coaching. The goal is to support language development among preschoolers in their home language and in English.
The project serves state-funded preschools and child development centers in the identified school readiness zone in Sonoma County. A large percentage of the children served in these programs are from families that speak Spanish at home. The project endeavors to build language skills in both English and the students’ home language, recognizing that skills learned in both languages will support the children’s literacy development.
Accepted to the Portfolio: June 2016