Getting children to TALK!
Learning a language should first be about communicating. About conversation. About having the confidence to TALK.
Grammar will fall in place naturally and later.
To talk one needs vocabulary and this comes through a combination of role-play, games and sharing books and making up little stories AND daily use and practice.
When I’m teaching young children I concentrate on conversation. Getting them to TALK. We play games and use role-play. Recite Rhymes. Play dancing games. Make up funny stories and, of course, my ‘Jumbles’ toys are a great incentive for the very young.
But if the children go home and don’t use the newly learnt vocabulary it will all be lost by the next lesson. This is where language videos come in. Just ten minutes a day watching a video and practicing the vocabulary is far more effective than worksheets or exercises from books. The Videos I post on my channel are ones I make for my own pupils but they are there for everyone to use.
This new series (Roo and Sara)is aimed at children from six years. It’s one I’m currently using myself and so will be added to every few days. The first lesson introduces the characters.
This first lesson of ROO and SARA introduces the characters.
The text is for the adult because I recommend that an adult always watches the programmes with the child. This enables overlearning and practice during the next few days. It also tells the child that you are interested in them and what they are learning.
For younger children I recommend the videos featuring my JUMBLES toys.