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A deductive approach

Rather than scaring children with a foreign language, now we want them to approach about it as a game. A deductive game, as for a Sherlock story in which we never know how’s going to end it till the end. While reproducing new sounds for us was a stressful matter, for them are new friends. These friends are met step by step in a nursery rhyme, for example. A small pièce teatrale is their motivation and the grammar. The grammar? Certainly important, the grammar is approached as for a native speaker, without confusion, without strict rules. There will be time for that.

Which method for which students?

First of all, the target is important. I always remember an old French teacher which wanted to teach us a nursery rhyme about a small duck she wrote. Obviously, we were 12 yo, so adult enough to have hairs in the armpit and that story was just hilarious for us. No way the small duck could teach us anything.  So the moral here is the lesson is as important as understanding the need of the target we have in front. The first step is to approach in a deductive way, as small modern Sherlock.

the dinosaur's method

Teaching, a method

–read in Italian–

Teaching

A classic method

When learning a new language, the method is crucial. I could tell you Jespersen, or Skinner, even Chomsky, but there would be only names. Rather than doing that, it’s easier to see how teaching got close to win the battle against foreign language. First of all, we thought the best way to teach was to follow rigid guidelines. It seems like the teacher needed to let you speak like a book. The result? You were not going to speak at all. So the method developed, but the main idea was still to let you speak as a parrot.

Parrotism

A cool method, even nowadays, is the one called Parrotism, used mainly by the old school teachers. In a word, dinosaurs. As in Jurassic Park, but instead of  plants or other dinosaurs, they love reptita iuvant and white and black grammars with the smallest characters ever. If it was still by the law, they’d love to slap sb in the face. Errors? Na, erased. I supposed mainly because it reminds about the slap. The grammar slap, as to say.

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