Innovative approaches to ESL for young learners: South Africa and the United States

Adrienne Rumboll


An experiment in the teaching of English L2 to young (pre-primary and primary)
children is described. There was a high tutor-to-pupil ratio, but tutors had had no
previous experience of teaching at this level. The planning of the lessons and their
execution are outlined and the use of activities such as Total Physical Response
described. The eclectic nature of these approaches is emphasised and suggestions
about the development of further co-operative activities are made.
Die skryfster beskryf 'n eksperiment ten opsigte van die onderrig van Engels as
tweede taal aan jong (d.w.s. pre-primere en primere) kinders. Die onderwyserleerling-
verhouding was hoog, maar die onderwysers het geen vorige ondervinding
van onderwys op die vlak gehad nie. Sy beskryf die beplanning en aanbieding van !esse
asook die gebruik van aktiwiteite soos die "Total Physical Response". Die eklektiese
aard van hierdie benaderings word beklemtoon en voorstelle rakende die ontwikkeIing
van verdere kooperatiewe aktiwiteite word gemaak.

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