Senin, 09 April 2012

Early Bird Guide: First Steps (English version)

Learning English with Early Bird 

Early Bird Guide
With all the tricks of the trade

The First Week

First steps

First weeks - First steps - Teaching English
First weeks First steps in English classroom

Early Bird Guide: With all the tricks of the trade

First weeks - First steps

The first weeks of English lessons is to determine and establish the assessment, attitudes and motivation of children. They are ready to use a language, if from the beginning the children are stimulated to be active. Similarly, for teachers, early steps in the process of teaching is a critical period for orientation and training in situations of "where they talk the language into the learners."This includes all the rituals and routines which the children are familiar with  from other subjects.

Good morning.
Sit down, please!
Stand up!
Let’s sit in a circle!
Come here!
Come closer!
Go to the board, please!

In addition, teacher can also mention all the words possible, like numbers, colors, animals, organs and other words which are found in stories, rhymes and songs, if the situation allows and is comfortable.

In this initial steps, the relation between the themes in "thematic webbing" with classified exercises is also important. Teachers can have the cildren to practice words like "fruit, apples, oranges, grapefruit". Fruits appear also in the context of its own theme and other topics. If you have previously discussed colors, they can be repeated again when talking about the fruits.
The purpose of the "first steps" is not just collect words, but to activate prior knowledge of children and to practice pronunciation or conduct basic "tongues training" which are fundamental through the communicative situation and in a playing atmospher.

There are various possibilities to use vocabulary in compliance with  the situation and the game. In addition, children are also expected to understand and be able to follow simple basic commands in English. If within the first weeks, there are approximately 400-600 words being acquired, then this is a good capital for the child to be able to speak by creating simple sentences using simple syntax:

It’s …
Number … is …
I like …
Yes, please.
No, thanks you.

The initial reaction of children to the pronunciation practice is to pronounce words together. After a while, teachers can use "lip reading", the teacher is only moving his lips to give examples of speech. If the teacher whispers a statement, then the child understand that they must say exactly what they were hearing. If the first letters of words have been written on the board or on cards, the children say the word designated by those initials.


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