the young language learner

There are some differences between what children of five can do and what children of ten can do:

_What five to seven can do

+they can talk about what they are doing

+they can tell about what they have done or heard

+they can plan activities

+they can use logical reasoning

+they can argue for something and tell you why they think what they think

+they can use their vivid imaginations

+they can use a wide range of intonation patterns in their mother tongue

+they can understand direct human interaction

_what eight to ten years old can do

+they can tell the difference between fact and fiction

+they rely on the spoken word as well as the physical world to convey and understand meaning

+they are able to make some decisions about their own learning

+they have definite views about what they like and don’t like doing

+they are able to work with others and learn from others.

The teacher can only draw the attention to the characteristics of the average child which are relevant for language teaching


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