As you may or may not know, I teach English to adults in France (while conducting my own language experiments at home on my daughter and husband!
In september I’ll be teaching a woman who is a childminder in her home, wanting to offer “English” to her little ones (0-3). Apparently her own level is good, so I'm supposed to help with ideas on how to integrate English into their day, and perhaps design little workshops.
It's an interesting project for a zookeeper like me but I’m not sure where to start! Let me know if you have an idea/book etc.
English speaking Canadian Mom, French speaking Dad, transitioning to minority language at home (English) with our daughter in France. Our daughter is doing great with English:) recently our son was born.
It is a bit difficult to help here without knowing what this woman is really looking at doing. Does she want to speak all day in English, or do workshops, or do certain activities in English?
She could do an hour workshop in the morning around a given topic. For instance food, the weather, pets, body parts, etc. In these workshops, she could use games, puzzles, read stories, use puppets (maybe use a puppet that only speaks the ml to lead the whole workshop), put on a couple of cartoons in English and nursery rhymes around the given topic.
If she does it around a daily activity, e.g: lunchtime in English, I am afraid it might be more restrictive as to the vocabulary.
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Marisa: "Victory moment:" My almost 4-year-old daughter told me yesterday in the ml (rough translation): "mom, there's something wrong with the cartoons, can you fix it, please?"... she was accidentally watching TV in the ML! So I gladly obliged
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Amy: Awww bless her, Marisa!!! That was so cute!! <3
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Adam Beck: Marisa, give that little minority language lover a big hug from me!
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Amy: Was stunned to hear eldest had an anglophone (ml) accent when she began to read in the ML this afternoon!! Didn't last more than a paragraph until her brain switched language, but chuffed mum here!!
Mar 7, 2020 23:05:49 GMT 9
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Caro C.: My baby (16mo) perfectly knows what "hi5" means and readily shows her hand even when we are not showing our hand first. It feels like the first minor blossom of the bilingual seed.
Jun 1, 2020 13:05:36 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Nice, Caro! Give her a high-five from me! And I look forward to hearing about many more happy developments to come!
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