Published on March 7, 2014
The importance of using songs and stories to teach literacy in the bilingual classroom Jennifer Wilson
At the end of this session you will: 1. Have learned how to identify a good story book to use in a bilingual preschool class 2. Have learned at least three new songs to use in the carpet session 3. Have some activities to take away and try out in your own classes..
Routines an essential part of preschool classrooms Start every class with your own personal welcome song. Make it fun, fast and multisensorial Always bring your bag of tricks. (Puppets, magnet board figures, realia) Talk about the weather, who’s missing? The date, the colour song, the body song an action song. Take out children in small groups to sing a song each day. Tell a story
Keeping Kids on Task Getting students attention. Keeping attention focused Routines and class rules Use total physical Response (TPR)
Criteria for selecting a story book The story should have a repetitive element. The text should match the pictures. Should be cross curricular Text should be big enough to read together Easy for children to retell. A simple plot The story should have a beginning a middle and an end
What to do with the books Big Books, little books, lots of books Have lots of books available Shared reading on the mat Repeat the story Retell story and get the children to learn the chunks of the story by heart Act out the story Retell the story making changes Always have visual support. Magnet board figures
Using a reading scheme Using a reading scheme is another way of progressing. Oxford Reading Tree is my personal favorite for non native speakers of English. Follow the adventures of the Family
The same story can be used for one or two weeks Good story tellers do not read the story to children. Good story tellers tell the story So you need to have practised before reading it to the children Listen, Join in, Retell Use drama to help children get to know a text. Act out the story
The Toys Party
Why use songs? Music is an amazing tool for teaching languages, especially to children. Good songs will bounce around in a learner's head long after their lesson is over. Young learners pick up vocabulary, grammatical structures, and the rhythm of the language simply by doing what they already love to do...singing. Kids take songs home to share with parents.
What songs work for you? Find songs that tie in with topic units. Always use actions to accompany the songs and help understanding. Lean your favourite songs and build up your repetoire Between 50 and 60 percent of the oral session should be spent singing. It helps to build a passive vocabulary and helps pronunciation and stress. Use youtube if you can’t sing
In a cottage in a wood
Great resources for songs and stories http://learnenglishkids.britishcouncil.or g/en/ http://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/ http://supersimplelearning.com/
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