Whether strategies should be taught to children or not ?

Hi guy! My name is Thuong. After learning chapter 11 which is about learning strategies and styles. I have some information to share with you. In fact, there are many opposite opinions about whether the strategies should be taught to young learners. Each opinion has argument. However, in my opinion, strategies should be taught for young learner.

David Nuan (2011) has claimed that: “Many cognitive strategies can be taught inductively to young learners. In reading classes, for example, predicting can be fostered by work with big books, and having children guess what will happen next in the story” (p.165). He also pointed out that some strategies have to teach for young or even very young learner like social and affective strategies, awareness- raising strategies, and meta-cognitive strategies, direct or cognitive strategies. From this opinion, we can see that teaching strategies is really necessary for young learner. Children not only has opportunities to wide their knowledge, but also to develop achievable objectives. When teacher teach strategies for kid they not only can use these strategies in school but also in their life outside the learning environment.  In school it is necessary when teacher teach students how to learn, give them some learning strategies. This will help them remember the content of the lesson easily. Moreover when students have learning strategies, they can apply these strategies in different situations without using teacher’s instruction. For example, when teachers teach vocabulary to children, they teach students to base on the context to guess the meaning of the word. First teachers instruct them to read context and then pay attention to the words which they don’t know, after that they base on the context and the surrounding word to guess the meaning of the new words. One important thing is that Strategies might be introduced when students are at the age of 10. Students may have enough basic knowledge to using learning strategies effectively.

To sum up, I hope that I have provided some necessary information for you. Strategies play an important role in learning process, therefore in order to help children learn better, strategies should be taught to young learner.

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One thought on “Whether strategies should be taught to children or not ?

  1. hi Thuong! after reading your writing, i find it is very interesting. i find that the strategies should be taught to young learners because it brings many advantages. i like your example when teacher teach the vocabulary for students. it is a simple method but effective way. teacher shoud instruct step by step such as: reading context, paying attention to the words which they don’t know, basing on the context and the surrounding word to guess the meaning of the new. to sum up, i agree with you that teaching strategies plays an important part in teaching young learners. thannks your reading!

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