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summary and reflection

A Child 's First Steps in Learning ' by J . Doug McGlothlin

A Child 's First Steps in Learning ' by J . Doug McGlothlin is a chronicle of the development of unprompted vocabulary by the author 's child . He notes the ease in which children learn a language and seems to support the theory that young children are more readily able to learn languages of any type than adults are . He notes throughout this observation that vast differences exist between the way a child views language learning and the way an older person views it

. He summarizes the child 's language environment by noting that there are few pressures or a time restraints on a child 's learning . No sequencing of grammar or other structures occur and the child has many opportunities to practice the language because it is all around him , frequently repeated and relevant to him . As a result , his strategies are different from adults He is not set back by an lack of understanding . He enjoys this learning because it is repetitive , interesting , and easy . It allows him to participate in his environment , and he immediately gains success and confidence in learning

This is relevant in terms of the ESL curriculum for several reasons First the students are spoken to in English only from the moment they enter the program . This interaction and immersion allows them to learn the language quickly . The students learn to relate to the other children just as the son learned to relate to his family through vocabulary . Thus , the language acquisition becomes a natural part of the child 's daily processes . He is under a low-stress environment and will grow each and every day . The child is not taught a complex set of grammatical structures or weighed under a heavy set of grading expectations . Instead , the learning is through song , conversation , and play . In this way , the student employs strategies must like the young child depicted above

Helping Children Learn to Think In English Through Reading Storybooks

by Patricia F . Neyman

Patricia F . Neyman in Helping Children Learn to Think In English Through Reading Storybooks ' focuses on the selection of materials for helping student learn to read . She noted that her Korean student with average vocabularies still found it difficult to learn to read English books because they had not been advanced to the point where they were processing in English . Instead , they were cheating ' by reading the short English books , but using Korean to understand and interpret them Neyman found that when she had the students read the books then retell them in their own words , their understanding increased . This increase is the result of the children having to not only read , but understand in English . She emphasizes that the use of storybooks , though seemingly elementary , were better because they provided the necessary word repetition that the students needed and were just more fun

The implication of this is that students need repetition in to get to the point where they...

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