Dimensions of Dual Language Learners-Self Paced On Demand (.5 CEU/5 hours)






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Dimensions of Dual Language Learners-Course Description


Growing up with two or more languages can happen in many ways. Regardless of the circumstances, all children are at some stage of developing language, especially those under 6 years of age in early care and education environments. All young children need support of their entire language spectrum, whether they speak their first language fluently or are beginning to learn their second language. Developmentally appropriate early care and education focuses on a child's early language experiences. Participants in this learning event will be able to define key terms used with dual language acquisition, describe the four main reasons that children need support of their home language while in early care and education settings, identify the stages of first and second language development, and create practical strategies for supporting dual language learners.


Course requirements to earn the CEU certificate include attending the online course sessions, reading handouts, watching video vignettes, interactive online activities, and passing a post knowledge assessment with a score of 90% or higher (multiple attempts allowed).


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Registration is $30.00



Karen’s personal information:

Family demographics: Originally from West Virginia, has 1 sister, lives in Kings Mountain.  Recently had a very small, private wedding ceremony and married Jeff Presnell, but kept the name Karen Darby, on Tuesday, 2-22-2022.  Karen has no children of her own but enjoys spending time with Jeff’s grown children and grandchildren.


Hobbies: Swimming, hiking, biking, flower gardening, painting, willing to try anything outdoors at least once.


Outside interests: Teaches an adult swimming class for the City of Shelby, Certified Aqua Fitness Instructor, Volunteers in the community and senior center


Future plans/aspirations: An on-going goal is to be a published author (of more than just an article or blogpost), bring the on-demand learning platform/courses to the level of recognition of a statewide project/be viewed as a statewide project director or advance to a higher position in SW, if applicable and available. 


Contact Karen at darby.karen@swcdcinc.org

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Continuing Education-Credit Issued

IACET CEU: Credits - 0.5

In order to earn the certificate, participants are required read course handouts, watch video clips, answer online interactive questions, and score a 90% or higher on a post knowledge assessment. Certificates are immediately available for downloading, printing, and saving directly from the course software in PDF format.


Online-Self Paced

Self Paced- On demand

No wait list

Instructor available via email/phone/interactive chat-messenger in software as needed

Closed Captioning


Closed captioning in English and Spanish made possible by grant funding from the Pisgah Health Foundation.

Technology Requirements


This course is accessible from any electronic device that is connected to the internet, such as a smart phone, tablet, laptop, or desktop computer.


*Dial-Up internet connections will result in a diminished online experience. Classroom pages may load slowly and viewing large audio and video files may not be possible. High speed connection is recommended.


**Course software functions smoother using browsers such as Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox. These are recommended over Internet Explorer and MS Edge.


Access to email is needed.


Software requirements: Audio, flash player, PDF reader, access to email


Course handouts and certificates are available in PDF format, so please use PDF

software to open document in the course and download certificates. A PDF reader is a free download at numerous different sites.


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