ERIC Number: ED225411
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
Reference Count: 0
Facilitating Beginning English Second Language Acquisition in the Elementary School.
Views on the role of speech in the early stages of English as second language (ESL) acquisition are discussed in relation to experiences with elementary school children. In examining the roles of speech and grammar in the early stages of ESL acquisition in an English speaking elementary school environment, six types of expressive language were observed in children acquiring ESL in a natural environment: silence, immediate imitation without context, immediate imitation with context, delayed imitation with transferred context, syntactically broken independent speech, and syntactically unbroken independent speech. It is suggested that beginning levels of ESL instruction should involve comprehensible input and sequenced unanalyzed wholes appropriate for each student's acquisition level, and should teach expressive English for interaction with native speakers of English. (Author/RW)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: California Association of Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages.
Note: In its: "CATESOL Occasional Papers," Number 8, p.72-83, Fall 1982; For related documents, see FL 013 455-463.