This yearlong professional development program combines seminars at Rice University with co-teaching at the Rice Oral and Written Language Laboratory to introduce strategies to promote oral language development in DLLs and English-speakers. It is designed for experienced early childhood classroom teachers whose goal is to become more intentional in developing oral language skills in dual language learners, English language learners or children with limited language.

This is an application- and interview-based program.

Program Details

A sampling of seminar topics:

  • Having extended conversations with children
  • Characteristics of a language-rich classroom
  • Bringing stories to life through drama
  • Using real-life dramatic play scenarios as a tool to develop language
  • Highlighting children’s interests and stories
  • Theories of second language acquisition
  • Addressing misconceptions about DLLs
  • Nurturing relationships with children and families

Application Deadline

June 30, 2019

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Should you have questions, please contact slc@rice.edu or Emily Merriweather at 713-348-5333.



Tuition is typically covered through campus-or district-based state or national funding, PTO support, participant payment, or individual donations. For more information, please contact slc@rice.edu.


Rice University believes in the importance of developing teacher leaders. Developing Oral Language offers a limited number of merit based partial fellowships to highly qualified prospective students. Fellowship opportunities can be discussed during the interview stage of the application process.



Join us for a free, convenient information session featuring Rice University's Yearlong Programs for early childhood and elementary educators. Information sessions take place on-campus at the Anderson-Clarke Center.

Attendance at an information session is not required to apply for Developing Oral Language.


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