It then L. Cameron goes on to discuss the organization of the book, and how the chapters relate one to another. The theoretical framework and set of principles in division of language into written language and oral which they can embed and develop their language p. This latter from a current coursebook is used to exemplify how distinction is clearly relevant in the context of this can be applied in the classroom, and there is a young learners, where it is essential for the right chart which sets this task sequence out in terms of conditions to be created in order for learning to goals. Following the a foreign language classroom context.
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How much are they learning? How do they learn? The younger learner market is expanding rapidly and publishers have been bringing out course books to meet the demand; but there has not been a corresponding growth of theoretical reference in the literature. Teaching Languages to Young Learners aims to help fill the gap. Lynne Cameron provides an admirably clear and concise overview of the work of influential developmental psychologists Piaget and Vygotsky , before analysing tasks for younger learners; the spoken and written word; learning vocabulary and grammar, assessing children, etc.
A few myths are demolished along the way. Children can learn more than colours and numbers. As part of the global community of English speakers they need more complex language to use computers, for example. Cameron advocates a "learning-centred" approach, as opposed to a learner or child-centred approach, to encourage teachers to push children beyond the limits they may choose for themselves.
The section on language tasks explains how the balance between demands and support should be maintained if learners are to benefit from activities. The zone of proximal development ZPD and how adults can help children learn what they are ready to learn next are analysed in a very reader-friendly manner. Cameron has a lot of very useful chapters: on the discourse organisation of stories, how to choose them, and stories as a means of providing holistic learning experiences.
Theme-based teaching is covered: its history and potential as a language-learning tool. The issue of the use of L1 with younger learners is also tackled comprehensively. The book manages to marry a great deal of research into current thinking on all aspects of language learning with sensible, practical suggestions for the classroom. It is not a recipe book. But you will gain insight into how their minds work and how to adapt your teaching methods to maximise their effectiveness.
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