ERIC Number: ED398733
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Reference Count: N/A
Whole Language EFL with Children's Literature: The Way It Worked in One Kindergarten Class.
Ghosn, Irma K.
Experiences with the whole language approach to English-as-a-Foreign-Language (EFL) instruction in a Lebanese kindergarten are described. Children's literature was selected for use in instruction, in part because few appropriate commercially prepared materials were available and in part because it presents appropriate language in an entertaining, meaningful context. Discussion here focuses on the use of "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" (Eric Carle) in class by a teacher not trained in pedagogy. The technique used was to read the story aloud, wait for student response, reflect Arabic comments back in English, and encourage classroom discussion. Repetition of the story allowed the children to begin choral reading. The first and second days of class and another day about 1 week into the unit are chronicled, including a variety of group, individual, and free-play activities, during which the children incorporated story parts and related ideas into play. Contains 10 references. (MSE)
Descriptors: Arabic, Case Studies, Childrens Literature, Class Activities, Classroom Communication, English (Second Language), Foreign Countries, Group Activities, Instructional Materials, Kindergarten, Media Selection, Primary Education, Second Language Instruction, Story Reading, Whole Language Approach
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Identifiers - Location: Lebanon