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ERIC Number: ED356623
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Sep
Pages: 19
Abstractor: N/A
Foreign Language and the Youngest Learner: How To Begin. (Examples in French.)
Regan-Baker, Maureen
Most language teachers have been trained to teach adults. Because children learn languages quickly and well, their teaching demands more energy, quick thinking, and materials than does the instruction of adults. An essential element of successful language teaching with children is to understand their perspective, both physical and intellectual. Curriculum should be drawn from the regular grade-level classroom and contain information accessible to them. In the first class, the teacher should discuss with the children why they are there, what a foreign language is, where the target language country is, and that things are done somewhat differently there. Physical activity contributes to the language learning process, and children can use their natural affinity for rhythm and rhyme to learn language patterns and vocabulary. Rhyming, contrasting, playing simple games, singing, and otherwise playing with words are effective language learning activities. Exercises using children's imagination and talent at playing roles help involve them in classroom communication. The content and creativity level of the activities should match that of the children. Humor is also an effective tool for teaching and learning. Teaching children things they can say to impress adults enhances their pride in accomplishment. Examples are offered in French. (MSE)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A