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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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Appendix 259


259 APPENDIX Appendix 2.1 a) Subject area activities for theme-based teaching (Cameron 2003:183, based on Halliwell 1996, Vale and Feunteun 1995). 260 b) Topic web for Potatoes (Vale and Feunteun 1995:236). 261 Appendix 2.2 An example of a literacy event – birthdays (Cameron 2003:144). 262 Appendix 2.3 Cognitive strategies required by different activities typical for young learners (Brewster et al. 2002:57). Activity/ task Skills focus Strategy Listen and sequence Listening Listening for specific information Sequencing Picture dictation Listening and drawing Listening for specific information Transferring spoken information into pictorial form to show understanding Bingo Listening Reading Matching words to words or pictures to pictures Sorting Vocabulary Classifying words into meaningful groups Handicrafts e.g. making a snowflake Listening Speaking Listening for specific information and following instructions Observing Action rhyme Speaking Practicing pronunciation and rhythm Memorizing vocabulary through actions and coordination Sequencing a rhyme Reading and writing Using rhyming words as clues to meaning Sequencing, eliminating, making links Working out a secret code Reading and writing Observing Problem solving by transferring letters from a code into words and sentences Making links Remember and write All skills Memorizing Listening to a story Listening Listening for general meaning Using visual and audio clues as aids to meaning Predicting, making links Pair-work: information gap Speaking and listening Writing Memorizing Transferring language Working independently Writing a shopping list Writing Vocabulary Memorizing Developing personalized lists Making sentences from a model Reading and writing Observing a model Generating written patterns Matching captions to pictures Reading...

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