2. children´s creative use of limited language resources
TEACHING ENGLISH FOR
1.2.Children´s creative use of limited language resources
Cecilia Maller, 2014
In early stages of mother tongue development Children (=ch.).
very creative with:
2. Grammatical forms.
1.Don´t unring? (= wait, hold on) ( knowledge of UN, as a
2. Switch off the dark.
FUNDAMENTAL PHENOMENON TO
A. Creation of words by analogy.
B. Invention of new words.
It´s also present in people who are learning a L2.
IF THEY UNDERSTAND MESSAGE…
THEY UNDERSTAND LANGUAGE
To maintain this first source of understanding is fundamental part
of human communication.
Highly developed ability in primary for this, but difficult for them
to follow purely verbal instructions and info.
How do we know it´s not working? They get it wrong.
Ch. have interpreting skills ability to
That´s how they learn new words ,concepts and expressions in L1.
How do they learn a new lg.?
Ch. call on same skills to interpret new:
sounds, words and
WHAT TO DO TO SUPPORT
AND DEVELOP THIS?
Use: gestures, intonation, demonstration, actions, facial
To convey meaning of what said.
Have great skill in producing meaningful lg. from limited sources.
WHAT IF A ? GRAMMATICAL
STRUCTURE IS ?
Different ways to convey meaning:
Make up new words-
Say words from their mother tongue in a foreign accent.
May produce temporarily inexact and inept lg.
manage to communicate
A way to build up our grasp (= ability to understand a
complicated idea or situation, to take sth. and hold it firmly) of the lg.
We are building up our grasp of the lg.
We are actively recombining and constructing it for ourselves.
WHEN DOES THE
Always and naturally, when there´s need to communicate..
To make the most of the creative lg. Skill, we should provide
1. the urge to communicate makes ch. find some way of
2. The lg. demanded by the activity is impredictable, it´s not only
asking to repeat set phrases, but is encouraging kids/ learners to
construct lg. Actively for themselves.
What can we do, then?
They are fun
Create desire to communicate
WHAT NOT TO FORGET…
Close T´s guidance should not be avoided, it´s also an important
Freer activities: give the chance to make mistakes.
Ch. are impatient to communicate, so…more not fewer mistakes.
WHAT DOES THE DESIRE TO
Brings next capacity….
Their aptitude for indirect learning
Read and summarize ( study)
1.3. Children´s capacity for indirect learning
Pgs. 5 and 6, Chapter 1. Teaching English in
the Primary Classroom