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Games and Other Activities for Developing Language Skills.
Gotkin, Lassar G.
Dr. Gotkin has developed several ways to use effectively games and mechanical devices to teach language skills to preschool and kindergarten children. The matrix game, a set of pictures in columns and rows, which functions on the principles and methods of programed instruction, requires the child to discriminate symbols, pictures, and colors and to verbalize his answer. The telephone interview is used to induce the individual child to structure conversations as the teacher gives him thematic prompts over the telephone. A third method uses the Language Master (a tape recorder and a moving card holder) to make the child verbalize after he has been aurally and visually stimulated. Also, it provides the child with immediate feedback. The alphabet board is a board grooved with the shape of the letters of the alphabet into which the letters are placed, much as in a puzzle. This device helps disadvantaged children, especially, to learn to discriminate the shapes and names of letters and to realize that letters are a code for the spoken language. All of these methods are designed for supplementary tools for teachers. (JS)
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Authoring Institution: New York Univ., NY. Inst. for Developmental Studies.
Identifiers: Alphabet Boards; Language Master; Matrix Games