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Our Young ELLs: Basics of Language Acquisition and Strategies for Instruction
June 27, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Presenter: Dena AuCoin
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In The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams, a fascinating element was the “babel fish,” fish that when dropped into a person’s ear would provide translation of any language. Wouldn’t that be amazing?
While Google translate is a great technology for translation, it can often fail to provide accurate translation and therefore hamper communication. Communication requires much more than just being able to understand vocabulary words, especially in early childhood. It requires understanding of word use, expression, and context.
Learning a language requires time, effort, and patience, which is all affected by the learning environment and situation. “How do you think children learn to talk?” This question is best explored by beginning to learn some of the foundational principles of language acquisition, as opposed to language learning, principles shaped primarily by Noam Chomsky and Stephen Krashen.
This edWebinar will focus on the basics of second language acquisition, exploring the theories of Chomsky and Krashen, including learner differences and development. We’ll also dive into exploring sheltered instruction, and share actionable strategies for building language, promoting interaction, and stimulating higher-order thinking. This will allow educators to better support their young English language learners’ development of language. This edWebinar will be of interest to preK-3 teachers and librarians. There will be time to get your questions answered at the end of the presentation.