Language acquisition process

Do you remember being taught you should never start your sentences with “And” or “But”?

What if I told you that your teachers were wrong and there are lots of other so-called grammar rules that we’ve probably been getting wrong in our English classrooms for years?

Look at the confidence with which she took the class on a symphonic tour of English learning. The primer being the already known Hindi sounds. Your comments & suggestions are invited.

Here are some activities excerpted from Prof Krishna Kant's 1986 classic The Child's Language And The Teacher. You may buy this wonderful handbook from National Book Trust for 40/- only.

Here are some activities excerpted from Prof Krishna Kant's 1986 classic The Child's Language And The Teacher. You may buy this wonderful handbook from National Book Trust for 40/- only.

It can be hard sometimes, when speaking, to remember all of the grammatical rules that guide us when we’re writing. When is it right to say “the dog and me” and when should it be “the dog and I”? Does it even matter? Andreea S. Calude dives into the age-old argument between linguistic prescriptivists and descriptivists — who have two very different opinions on the matter.

A story is a narration of, events (actual or imaginary), emotions, conflicts and solution that ends in a climax. A story has a central character or central characters around which a theme revolves. There is a clear role assigned to each character which the character fulfils in the story.
 
Let us question ourselves. How should I start my English language class with children who begin to learn the language? Some responses could be:
  • I will begin with letters of the alphabet A/a, B/b, C/c, D/d, E/e…
I am a research scholar at the Central University, Hyderabad and live on a beautiful campus, where everything seems perfect to me. Well, almost perfect, until I begin to have a conversation in English with a friend or with a member of the faculty. I wonder why every time I begin to have that conversation in ‘English’, I falter: the right words fail me when I need them the most! And every time this happens, my memory goes back to that unforgettable July day in the summer of 2003…
 

As a language teacher, initially of French and later of Hindi, I was struck by the agony that Hindi seemed to generate among students who were not native speakers of that language. A number of times, students who had struggled with Hindi for five years or more would come to me and beg me to allow them to switch over to French as their second language!

At a very early age children build an understanding of the world around them through the 'home language'. Therefore, it is important to use a child’s  home language as an important resource in second or third  language teaching, keeping the language acquisition process in mind.

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