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ERIC Number: ED179298
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
Pages: 12
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Language Learning Through Pretend Play in Young Bilingual-Bicultural Children.
Yawkey, Thomas Daniels; Villarreal, Beatrice
Child care programs are ideal places to begin the mastery of both English and a native language. Language growth can be promoted through the use of pretend play. Pretend situations include storytelling, oral drills and poems, riddles and songs. In storytelling activities, it is essential that the adult model language for the children. The children listen very intently to pronunciation, intonation, pitch, stress, rhythm, and tone. Using oral substitution drills with pretend play, the teacher can select nouns, verbs, or adjectives from the native language which can be substituted for English equivalents. Youngsters enjoy going through these drills especially if the teacher varies them. In pretend play, children can assume roles of characters or objects from stories, poems or riddles which they have heard. Oral language techniques such as (a) selective visual attention or questioning, (b) attention to nonvisual stimuli, (c) recall, (d) directed dialogue, and (e) self-monitoring can be used in pretend play. These techniques can all be used in different classroom activities such as storytelling, oral drills and poems, riddles and songs. It is the teacher's responsibility to provide opportunities for children to hear, experience and use their language(s). (Author/RH)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A