Minggu, 01 Mei 2016

The Young Language Learner

There is big difference between what children of five can do and what children of ten can do. Some times children develop early, some later. Some children develop gradually, other in leaps and bounds. It is not possible to say that the age of five all children can do x, at the age of seven they can do y. But is possible to point out certain characteristics of young children which you should be aware of and take into account in teaching. You as the teacher, are only one who can see how far up the ladder your individual pupils are. We can only draw your attention to characteristics of the average child which are relevant for language teaching.

Five to seven years olds

What five to seven years olds can do at their own level


  • They can talk about what they are doing.
  • They can tell you about what they have done or hear.
  • They can plan activities.
  • They can argue for something and tell you why they think what they think.
  • They can use logical reasoning.
  • They can use their vivid imaginations
  • They can use a wide range of imagination pattern in their mother tongue.
  • They can understand direct inter-action.


Eight to ten years olds

Children of ten are relatively mature children with an adult side and a children side. May of characteristics listed above will thinks of the past.


  • Their basic concept are formed. They have very decicide views of word.
  • They can tell the difference between fact and fiction.
  • They ask question all the time.
  • They rely on the spoken word as well as the physical world to convey an understand meaning.
  • They are able to make some decision about their own learning.
  • They have definite views about waht they like and what don't like doing.
  • They have a develop sense of fairness about what happens in classroom and begin to question the teacher's decisions.
  • They are able to work with others and learn from others.


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