Children learn in many different ways and have
different learning styles. Opportunities for children to experience
language through song and rhyme, storytelling and games offer
children ways to interact with the new language and with one
another in a dynamic and social environment.
Through active methods and physical
response children feel safe to explore and experiment with the
new sounds. For those who prefer to listen and observe, they absorb
the new language by watching others and gradually increase in
confidence, until they too are joining in, responding to what they
hear and see and engaging with others in short conversations and
Using props and authentic materials brings the language and
culture alive. Children can act out role-plays following a model
from a song or a script developed by their teacher or they can be
encouraged to improvise in pairs and groups, recalling all of the
language that they have learned so far.
Enabling children to role-play using the new language should be
encouraged from an early age. Drama gives children the necessary
freedom to experiment and test out their growing awareness of the
sounds, sound patterns, words and phrases that they have learned.
They can begin to make new meanings and through the sensitive
intervention of their teachers can take the first steps towards
independent communication in the new language.