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How can we use these methods with children? Edit

Emphasizing in the good points of these method, They give us the chance of making learners be immersed into language acquisition. Regarding to the socio-emotional aspect, an strategy to approach children and also apply the ALM (Audio-Lingual Method) combined with the TBLT (Task-Based Language Teaching) is making an introductory routine. We found an exercise that is part of a Behaviourist SLA theory (Second Language Acquisition) that start at the very beginning of a class. The teacher stands in front of a class of learners sitting at their desks.  Teacher asks one learner, 'Kelli, how are you?' The learner responds, 'Fine, how are you?' The teacher continues, asking different learners, who respond in turn:

Teacher: Loreto, how are you?

Student: Fine, how are you?

Teacher: Josefa, how are you?

Student: Fine, how are you?

Teacher: Andresito, how are you?

Student: Fine, how are you?


By the creation of this kind of situation the learners are able to use language to express their own feelings and also to create a relationship between teacher and learners. New words can be added by passing of time in order to express as many feelings as it is possible, encouraging them to use English to communicate their thoughts. What happens beyond this situation is very interesting. Learners are involved in a meaningful situation related to a cultural daily activity that correspond to the action of greet. Everyone greets a person in a normal day so they can apply the use of language using the audio-lingual skills in a real situation.

The greetings activity is just an example of these methods combined. With children without a large quantity of vocabulary and low experience of different real situations there are not many options to work.

In Class Activities Edit

Activity 1: What sport do you like? Edit

Class: 4th grade

Length: Two periods of class (90 minutes)

General objective: The students must be able to talk about their favorites sports and expresses their feelings and opinions about it.

Specific Objective:

  • 1.- Sports Vocabulary
  • 2.- Present tenses
  • 3.- Adverbs of frequency
  • 4.-Wh- questions
Sports Song - Educational Children Song - Learning English Sports for Kids

Sports Song - Educational Children Song - Learning English Sports for Kids

To introduce sports, students will watch and listening a video related to sports. This video includes keywords, and the teacher will include features, for instance: like and dislike phrases (I like, I love, I do not like); Wh-questions (what do you like); adverbs of frequency (I play tennis every day).

After watching the video, the teacher will explain it. The teacher will create a brainstorm related to sport vocabulary with the help of the students. After that, the teacher tells the students to talk each other about their favorite sports. Each student must explain the sport he/she likes and give two reasons why he/she likes it-

Activity 2: Directions on a map Edit

Class: 4th grade

Length: 45 minutes

General objective: The students must be able to ask for directions and also to give them in a simply way, applying the new vocabulary.

Specific Objective:

  • 1.- Around the city vocabulary
  • 2.- Useful phrases to give directions
  • 3.-Collaborative work among students

The teacher will provide vocabulary to give directions in a city. Also the teacher will show a map which have different places and streets giving examples of how to use the vocabulary and the basic structure to give directions. Before the activity starts, the teacher designates couples of students to work together

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