Monday, July 12, 2010

My dream ...

of how we could...should teach English as a Second Language in school. This video is a great example of that. I know it needs more than just a youtube video. I'll come back to it later in a lot more detail, but it really made my day. Thank you 5th graders and teachers!

I have experienced as a child how much more successful language learning can be IF it happens through engaging and interesting ways of doing, making, discovering things for yourself. Isn't the experience itself more important for kids at this age than , say, the grammatical structures, forming correct sentences, knowing the equivalent of English words in L1. Mind you, how far is this possible without a context?

Anyway, before I go rambling on, have a nice summer, my dear reader and I promise, I'll be back.

1 comment:

  1. Dear Erika,

    Thanks for letting me know of your blog. I have added it to my blogroll and I am looking forward to reading your updates.
    The video is fab and I agree classrooms should give children (and adults) the experience of discovery, the chance to learn something new about themselves and the world.
    Great blog and I am very happy to work with someone whose values and ideas are so close to mine.
    Have a great summer and see you in the blogo- twitto-sphere.



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