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Comparing Selected Modern Methods of Teaching English to Young Learners

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Katarzyna Rokoszewska

The book presents the process of first and second language acquisition in children as well as the main principles of conventional and unconventional approaches and methods implemented in the general education as well as the language education of children. The long-term quantitative study described focused on the comparison of the results obtained by young learners taught English according to the Helen Doron Method in private courses and the results gained by young learners instructed according to the modern eclectic method at public primary school. The results were compared in such language areas and skills as vocabulary, grammar, language chunks, pronunciation, listening skill, speaking skill and a general level of language acquisition.

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5 TABLE OF CONTENTS Abbreviations ..................................................................................................... 7 Introduction ........................................................................................................ 9 Chapter I First and second language acquisition in children ..................... 13 1.1 Theories explaining first and second language acquisition ................... 13 1.2 Theories of child development ............................................................. 22 1.3 The role of age in SLA ......................................................................... 30 1.4 Age differences - neurological and psychomotor factors ...................... 34 1.5 Age differences - cognitive factors ....................................................... 35 1.6 Age differences - personality factors .................................................... 41 1.7 Age differences - sociocultural factors ................................................. 44 1.8 Age differences - linguistic factors ....................................................... 47 1.9 Age differences - other factors.............................................................. 50 1.10 Summary ............................................................................................ 52 Chapter II Teaching English to young learners ........................................... 55 2.1 Approaches and methods...................................................................... 55 2.2 Language areas and skills ..................................................................... 58 2.3 Learning and teaching the spoken language.......................................... 59 2.4 Learning and teaching vocabulary ........................................................ 64 2.5 Learning and teaching grammar ........................................................... 68 2.6 Learning and teaching literacy skills .................................................... 73 2.7 Other activities ..................................................................................... 79 2.8 Language of instruction........................................................................ 82 2.9 Learning to learn .................................................................................. 84 2.10 Assessment......................................................................................... 87 2.11 Summary ............................................................................................ 92 Chapter III Selected unconventional approaches to child general and language education ........................................................................................ 95 3.1 The Humanistic Approach.................................................................... 95 3.2 Early childhood education .................................................................... 98 3.3 Educational kinesiology ..................................................................... 111 3.4 The Helen Doron Method................................................................... 116 6 Chapter IV The research project ................................................................ 161 4.1 Research procedures........................................................................... 161 4.2 Research results.................................................................................. 176 4.3 Interpretation of the results................................................................. 203 Chapter V Conclusions ................................................................................ 229 5.1 A general overview ............................................................................ 229 5.2 Research conclusions ......................................................................... 230 5.3 Further research.................................................................................. 232 5.4 Practical implications ......................................................................... 232 Bibliography ................................................................................................. 239 Appendix........................................................................................................ 259

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