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LISTENING: TEACH TO UNDERSTAND ENGLISH

When teaching English, or any other foreign language, to children, among the four language skills, the most important ones are listening and speaking. This does not mean that reading and writing are not important. However, when it comes to teaching a language to children who are not even able to read and write their mother tongue language (or just learned), it is normal that oral skills will be utilized more heavily.

The first class listening activity occurs when the teacher speaks in English.

 

For this reason, we have chosen only native-speaking teachers. In the bilingual class, not all lessons are conducted exclusively in English, but this does not affect learning.

In some cases, it is very important to use the mother tongue of children, especially when it comes to explaining some more complex concept, considering the importance of understanding in learning foreign language. It should be stressed that very often the learners understand more than they can say; In fact, when children learn their mother tongue, they answer the language long before they start talking.

For this reason, at least in initial activities, teachers never force children to talk, but respect the silent period, the time when learners focus only on listening and observation before starting to speak.

 

During the silent period, children are not passive, on the contrary they elaborate the inputs received to try to understand how the language works.

The best activities that can be done in the classroom to acclamate children to listening to English are the Total Physical Response (TPR) activities and storytelling.