Children learn in many different ways and have
different learning styles. Opportunities for children to experience
language through song and rhyme, storytelling and games offer
children ways to interact with the new language and with one
another in a dynamic and social environment.
Through active methods and physical
response children feel safe to explore and experiment with the
new sounds. For those who prefer to listen and observe, they absorb
the new language by watching others and gradually increase in
confidence, until they too are joining in, responding to what they
hear and see and engaging with others in short conversations and
Games motivate children and reduce the stress that can affect
children’s willingness to use a new language for real.
Children concentrate on participating in the game itself and enjoy
interacting with one another and the teacher. The more engaged they
become the more their use of language becomes spontaneous,
improving in pace and fluency.
Games give plenty of opportunities to repeat and rehearse new
language in enjoyable and non-threatening contexts. In a similar
way to daily routine the language needed to operate a game is often
the same from one game to another. This language of interaction can
be used as the building blocks for progression. Using the teacher
as a model, children learn and use simple structures for
themselves. They can move from simple to more complex language
across the Key Stage.