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Questions for discussion and practical tasks

  1. A friend of yours is planning to go on holiday soon. You ask her about her plans. Use the words in brackets to make your questions.
  2. Alternative questions

1. Put a tick beside the characteristics that describe children's learning styles. Consider the implications of these differences upon our teaching.

1. Learn through play- more active

2. Learn via abstract thought and conscious effort

3. Learn indirectly rather than directly- language naturally happens

4. Have expectation about the learning process

5. Gain understanding from explanations as well as from seeing hearing, touching and interacting with environment

6. Are enthusiastic about learning and curious about the world around them

7. Are more disciplined about learning

8. Need for individual attention and approval of the teacher

9. Have a limited attention span

10. Have difficulty dividing between real and imaginary world

11. Are often happy playing and working alone, but in the company of others

12. Are motivated because they understand why they are learning

13. Are more concrete in thinking

14. Have less control of emotions

15. Have experienced failure which might make them anxious

16. Learn more directly via reading, listening, speaking and writing

17. Are more trusting

2. Agree or disagree

  1. Young learners are acquires. Acquisition takes place subconsciously
  2. Learning also takes place subconsciously
  3. The imitative ability of young children is poor
  4. Young learners experience fewer difficulties in the assimilation of English pronunciation than adults
  5. Parents and the home are of the strongest influence on a child's achievement in English
  6. Mistakes are seen as a natural and inevitable part of the language learning
  7. Cultural component is unnecessary in learning
  8. Rhymes introduce children naturally and effectively to the sounds, stress and intonation of the English language

3. Specify the following words and word combinations:

Acquire consciously (subconsciously); acquisition; imitative ability; lesson framework, multiple intelligences, visual, auditory, kinesthetic, assimilate, assimilation.


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