ERIC Number: ED108520
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968
Reference Count: 0
Pre-Lessons for Use with an Oral Language Program.
Five pre-lessons provide a set of brief daily activities for children encountering school, and perhaps a teacher who speaks standard English, for the first time. These activities should increase the likelihood that the children will feel comfortable, and will respond vocally and enthusiastically during subsequent systematic instruction in standard American English. The teacher can conduct the pre-lessons effectively with almost no preparation. Pre-lessons contain both instructions and lessons; the rationale for each day's lesson is given in narrative form, followed by a numbered outline of the steps in the lesson. There is a development from teacher-led to pupil-led activities, and from almost no dependence on verbal instruction to preliminary testing for such dependence. A critical difference between the pre-lessons and directed instruction in language is that the children are not expected to produce or understand specific utterances during most of the pre-lessons. They are especially recommended for the first few days of school prior to beginning other oral language instructional programs. These activities have been pilot-tested with six groups of preschool children. Appendices contain instructions for making mats out of newspapers and the text of an introductory speech in English, Spanish, and Navajo. (Author/AM)
Publication Type: Guides - General
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.
Authoring Institution: Southwestern Cooperative Educational Lab., Albuquerque, NM.