Friday, August 19, 2016

2956. When Your Children Learn and Acquire A Language


 
“They don’t know it, but they’re learning!” said David, a gentle veteran teacher at our summer camp, some weeks ago. I liked it.
It had been the first class day, and they had been playing to guess who the celebrity was. It’s a guessing game, a fun one, which makes the students ask the teacher questions about a celeb they have to guess.
What I liked the most was that those kids (teens) were actually learning, nearly or fully inadvertently! It’s the summit of learning and acquiring a foreign or second language!
However I also like when students may recognize they’re really learning.
Infants (“infant” means “the one that cannot speak, in-fant = no-speak”, so babies or even very young children) acquire the mother language from their moms, and dads too, but I reckon that chiefly from their moms.
Otherwise try to observe how moms repeat the same message or just a phrase to their dearest babies, like they were playing with those infants. Try to listen to moms talking to their babies at the park or along the sidewalk, whenever you can: it's interesting, if you're a language teacher.
In some good schools I know they teach English to infants too, and sometimes they play classic music, and other times they repeat words like for example colors, and thus babies learn there’re two ways to call a color: “red” and “rojo” (in Spanish). / Photo from: www schoolatoz edu au. I was thinking that adorable girl might be a child that can already speak, but the website said she was learning a foreign language: okay!
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