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Teaching English To Young Learners
Many parents in China are aware that their children's ability to speak English is a significant indicator of future success, and as a result, they push their children to begin learning the language as soon as it is practically possible to do so.Those are some suggestions for teaching english to young learners. When I tell people I've taught English to toddlers and preschoolers, their jaws still drop. Your pupils will likely only remember enough English to introduce themselves, identify a few colors, and name a few toys. Teaching this age group may be challenging, but gratifying when students demonstrate autonomy in using the target language in their own work.
Set ground rules for the classroom
To be effective with your young pupils, don't be scared to be strict (without scaring them, of course). Basic classroom norms are essential for the success of any classroom. Lessons might become unmanageable, and students could become unteachable, without them.
If you are teaching English to extremely young children, it is often best to start with with two or three simple rules, such as not speaking Chinese in class and being seated. Simple guidelines might be presented thereafter. Encourage pupils to cup their ears to show they are listening and to their lips to show they should be silent. As a result, when pupils see the instructor behaving in this manner, they will know what is expected of them.
Ensure that your kids are aware of the repercussions of rule breaking. You may try using a star system where every student starts off with five stars at the beginning of the course. You might give them a star for every nice deed they do. Get rid of a star if they do anything wrong or break the rules. At the conclusion of each class or week, the winner might be awarded a little gift. How you go about it depends entirely on you. The rules and the repercussions for breaching them should be made plain to the pupils.
Use a moderate tone and plenty of physical gestures
Please keep in mind that your pupils are quite young. Try to see life as others do. Your parents have enrolled you in a Chinese class at the ripe old age of three, and the instructor conducts the whole class in Chinese. If the instructor doesn't talk slowly, adjust the difficulty of the language to your level, and use plenty of gestures to elicit meaning, you probably won't learn anything.
Think about how you will explain the meaning of each vocabulary word as you create your lesson plan. To help children learn the term "vehicle," for instance, you may act as though you were behind the wheel. And if you want to act out the word "ball," just pretend to toss a ball (or do it for real). Following the same procedure for the guidelines is also recommended. In other words, if you tell someone to "stand up," you should really get out of their seat. Or, while instructing your kids to "listen," you cup your palm to your ear.
Next, consider creating questions and responses using the vocabulary. An easy method of doing this is to hold up a flashcard or item and ask, "What is this?" while shrugging your shoulders to emphasize the inquiry tone. After asking a question, have the class respond by reciting and clapping out the whole statement, for example, "It's a ball."
It is impossible to force an English as a Second Language learner, particularly a young kid, to improve their language skills. Children don't function that way. Instead, you should "trick" children into learning by making your lessons enjoyable and engaging (something instructors frequently overlook).
Be sure to have some easy games and flashcards prepared for each class. These will be most helpful throughout the lesson's application and creation phases. Some easy game concepts are as follows:
-A game of flashcard bowling, in which players have to name the vocabulary word on the card that was struck by the ball.
-A game of musical chairs in which the person who is left standing must identify a word from a certain set.
-Hop to the flashcard with the number that is rolled using "flashcard hopping," where the "dice" are large, plush dice.
Before starting a game, make sure your pupils understand the rules. To begin, show the game to your TA (if you have one).