Teach Middle East Magazine Jan-Feb 2018 Issue 3 Volume 5 - Page 30

Sharing Good Practice TEACHING ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE IN KINDERGARTEN: AN ANECDOTAL VIEW BY SABAHAT NASSAR turn in stating answers • Timed pair share- when two students share knowledge about a topic for a given time limit • Round Robin- when students, in groups of 4, take turn stating answers • Rally Coach- is when two students work together-one student solves a problem while the other coaches 5. Using visuals T eaching English as a second language can be a challenge, as many children who first come to school are like foreigners in a foreign land. There are a number of practices which can be applied in classrooms to begin the process of understanding English and eventually speaking English in the correct grammatical way. 1. Modelling One can model how to speak English by properly articulating and looking at the child directly. Modelling is when a child speaks by missing pronouns, monosyllables, and has incorrect descriptions. The teacher can recast sentences, use parallel talk and self- talk to demonstrate the correct way a language should be spoken. 2. Repetition Repetition is a good way for ESL learners. Repeating words or phrases at the same time, possibly everyday, helps with retaining the words and is instrumental in helping children improve their vocabulary. where students play situations which occur in real life; or it can be direct/ indirect experience role play where students play parts which they personally experience for example doctors or firefighters; role play can also be imaginative or fantasy role, where students act like characters from story books. Role play lets the children speak freely and therefore giving them confidence to talk. 4. Co-operative learning structures Cooperative structures in classes greatly improve language in young children, even though co-operation and collaboration are very difficult concepts for them. As children continue to practice pairing up or sharing resources with other students, the practice helps build relationships, gradually leading to language acquisition. Some useful cooperative structures are: • Rally Robin- when two students take 3. Role play Role play helps children develop language naturally and realistically. Role play can be real life role play, 28 | Jan - Feb 2018 | | Class Time ESL learners require visual a