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.
THE FIRST LESSON OF ‘ROO AND SARA’
For younger children I recommend the videos featuring my JUMBLES toys.
ENGLISH FOR VERY YOUNG CHILDREN PRESENTED BY THE
CHANNEL OF ENGLISH PROGRAMMES FOR ADUKTS AND CHILDREN
Georgie is going to London.
Freddie asks her lots of questions about her trip.
CLICK HERE FOR THE VIDEO LESSON
A good way to learn how ask and answer questions.
Each clip is narrated and has the sentences written on the screen.
The ‘question’ words are in capital letters on the transcript.
For Beginners, the Verb ‘To Have’ with Italian translation.
Especially for Children the program features my toys, the JUMBLES.
You have …plural
Watch the lesson here
How are you today?
It is easy to say ‘Va bene’ or ‘I am ok’ .
But young children find it difficult to express how they are feeling. They may not even know how they feel!
It’s difficult enough in their own language so how hard must it be in a new language?
Making faces from plastic plates showing the different feelings helps children not just to learn a new language but also gives parents and teachers an opportunity to help youngsters to express their emotions. To understand them. To know that their feelings are normal. The eyes can be either stuck on or you can use a permanent marker.
Kids will have lots of fun telling stories and dramas using the plastic faces. It helps if the faces are mounted onto rulers first.
There is a programme on feelings for children on my channel here: Link to FEELINGS programme
The vocabulary in this video lesson is very simple and suitable for small children.
It introduces some of the nouns associated with a house.
I made it for the young ( nearly five) daughters of neighbours as overlearning after we had drawn and described our drawings of houses.