Authentic Conversation: The Key to First and Second Language/Literacy Development in the Early Years

  • Presenter: Karen N. Nemeth
  • Length: 59 minutes

Rich, engaging conversations are critical for effective early childhood education programs. The growing body of research on learning in two languages is clear: responsive interactions support academic vocabulary, social development and oral language. 

The more teachers and parents know about authentic conversations, the stronger their children’s language will grow. This webinar focuses on new findings, new issues, and new trends for early childhood education of children from diverse language backgrounds.

Karen is an author, consultant, and advocate who focuses on improving early education for young children with diverse language backgrounds. She has published many books and articles on this topic, including Young Dual Language Learners: A Guide for PreK-3 Leaders. She holds leadership positions at NAEYC, NABE and TESOL and hosts a resource website at