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Comparing Selected Modern Methods of Teaching English to Young Learners


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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7LIST OF ABBREVIATIONS A – basic user in the Common European Framework of Reference for Lan- guages ADD – Attention Deficit Disorder ADHD – Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder ALM – Audio-Lingual Method APT – Audience, Purpose, Topic B – independent user in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages BASIS model of self-esteem – belonging, aspirations, safety, identity, success BICS – basic interpersonal communication skills BOTTY – ‘Botty The Robot Teaches You English’ (HD course) C – proficient user in the Common European Framework of Reference for Lan- guages CAH – Contrastive Analysis Hypothesis CALL – computer-assisted language learning CALP – cognitive/ academic language proficiency CLL – Community Language Learning CLT – Communicative Language Teaching CPH – Critical Period Hypothesis C-RTs – criterion-referenced tests DLR – Dennison Laterality Repatterning Edu-K – Educational kinesiology EFAC – ‘English For All Children’ (HD course) EFI – ‘English For Infants’ (HD course) ELP – European Language Portfolio ELT – English language teaching EYL – the policy of teaching English to Young Learners FD – field dependence FI – field independence FI/D – field independence/ dependence FLL – foreign language learning H0 – zero hypothesis H1 – alternative hypothesis HD conference, centre, learners, teachers, courses – Helen Doron conference, centre, learners, teachers, courses HDM – Helen Doron Method HD TTC – Helen Doron Teacher Training Course HIGs – High Input Generators 8IE – Instrumental Enrichment IL – Interlanguage L1 – first language, native language, mother tongue L2 – second language, foreign language LAD – Language Acquisition Device LAP – language acquisition process LASS – Language Acquisition Support System LIGs – Low Input Generators MEFAC – ‘More English For All’ Children (HD course) MEFI – ‘More English For Infants’ (HD course) MEG – magneto-encephalography MLAT – Modern Language Aptitude Test MMM...

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