Published on April 3, 2008
Chapter 8 Teaching Languages to Young Learners: Chapter 8 Teaching Languages to Young Learners Theme-based teaching and learning Using the theme-based ideas in foregin language teaching Look at the various stages in the planning teaching around a theme. Learning language through theme-based teaching. How to increase target language in theme-based learning By the end of this presentation you will have an understanding of…: By the end of this presentation you will have an understanding of… Theme-based work construct meningsful learning opportunities for children. Careful planning from the teacher. Theme-based teaching is buildning links and connections in the networks of children´s language resources. Theme-based teaching of a foregin language: Theme-based teaching of a foregin language How children naturally learn. Creative thinking and skilled organisation- a long list of activities relating to all areas of the curriculum under one theme. The potential of theme-based teaching is to provide realistic and motivating uses of language. Theme-based teaching of a foregin language: Theme-based teaching of a foregin language Variations An ”activity-based” approach developed by Vale and Feunteun. Valuable to the overall educational and social development of the child. Planning theme-based teaching: Planning theme-based teaching This type of teaching demand years of practising and experience. Even the expert teacher will need careful planning of a theme, to prepare sub-themes and to identify the language learning goals. ”choice-points” Direction, activity or timing Planning theme-based teaching: Planning theme-based teaching Find a theme Planning tools: brainstorming People+ objects+ actions+ processes+ typical events+ places webs In the figures 8.2 , 8.3 and 8.4 you can see examples of the brainstorming-process and a web.They use ”potatoes” in the examples of the book Learning Language through theme-based teaching: Learning Language through theme-based teaching It is neccessary to select from the possibillities to match the interestes of a particular class and then build on what pupils already know. Theme-based teaching can help the children to contribute from partial to more complete knowledge by buildning links and connections in the networks of children´s language resources. Learning Language through theme-based teaching: Learning Language through theme-based teaching Learning vocabulary ”communicative stretching- ZPD Learning discourse skills Using information texts, on paper and on computer. Outcomes and products from learning language through theme-based learning. How to increase target language in theme-based teaching: How to increase target language in theme-based teaching Tell the words in the doing and making process Teacher support Give feedback to each other Talking to oneself Sing, saying rymes, playing tapes of songs as the children work. Summary: Summary In this presentation we have learned that theme-based teaching: offer new and exiting possibilities is linking into children´s real interests is effective in language learning if it is done well- very demanding for both children and teachers.