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ERIC Number: ED461987
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Jul
Pages: 43
Abstractor: N/A
A Comparison of Foreign Language Teaching Methods: Total Physical Response versus Song/Chants with Kindergartners.
Omari, Deena Rae
Several teaching methods aid young children in learning foreign languages, all of which include continuous repetition and review of learned information. The two methods used in this study were Total Physical Response (TPR) and songs/chants. The TPR method used a gesture for each vocabulary card, and the songs/chants method incorporated Spanish vocabulary words into a rhythm, rhyme, or song. Over 6 weeks, 20 kindergarten students were taught Spanish vocabulary using these methods. Students were taught in groups of 4 or 5 for 20 minutes twice each week. In each session, up to eight new vocabulary words were presented. During the first 3 weeks, the TPR method was used. During the second 3 weeks, the songs/chants method was used. Students were given a test during the third week of each treatment period. The tests examined recognition of Spanish vocabulary. The study compared differences in vocabulary recognition of students taught Spanish using the two methods. Comparison of the test scores found no significant differences between teaching methods. Three appendixes include a letter of approval from the participating schools, parent approval forms, and an example of Spanish vocabulary test items. (Contains 22 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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