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Using Foreign Languages

Book: The GIANT Encyclopedia of Transition Activities for Children 3 to 6
Center:

Transition

Topic:

Letters/Sounds/Words

Content:

Literacy

Area:

Language

Age:

4 Years Old

Interaction:

Large Group

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Materials:

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Instructions:

1. Whenever you wish to get the children’s attention, start talking in another
language. It is recognized that young children learn and pick up foreign
languages very easily, and they also enjoy listening to and learning
languages.
2. Following are some examples of when to use other languages in the
classroom:
* Lining Up: When children line up to move from one location or room to
another, you probably count to make sure everyone is accounted for.
Besides ensuring that everyone is there, this is also an opportunity to
teach counting. To make counting even more fun for the children, count
in another language.
* Waiting: When waiting is necessary, children become bored easily. This is
a good time to teach another language to children. Teach numbers, the
alphabet, or a simple song in another language.
* Sitting: Occasionally children must sit and wait for the rest of the class to
finish. Try giving simple directions in another language (such as “sit down,
please,” and “thank you”). At first they may look at you quizzically. Instead
of repeating yourself in English, simply repeat it in the foreign language,
but include movements to indicate what the words mean. The children
catch on fast and in time try to say it themselves.


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