Assessing Young Language Learners (Cambridge Language by Penny McKay

By Penny McKay

During this booklet the writer builds a finished framework for the evaluate of younger language beginners in either overseas language and moment language studying occasions. She starts by means of contemplating why we want a unique ebook on younger learner evaluate, and describes the character of younger learner language studying. The evaluation procedure is task-based and is focused round initiatives and strategies compatible for younger newcomers, with specific emphasis on lecture room review. Oral language review, and analyzing and writing overview are addressed in separate chapters, as is the large-scale trying out of younger beginners. Underpinned through sound thought, the e-book is stuffed with useful guidance, and attracts on examples of evaluate contexts, matters and practices from world wide. Assessing younger Language beginners was once winner of the Kenneth W Mildenberger Prize in 2006.

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The ways that silence in a conversation is accepted or filled; rules about who speaks when. , differences in naming systems; different ways that children, women and men are expected to interact. • Rules of politeness: the ways that eye contact is used; the ways to respect elders; the way to ask for information (directly or indirectly). ) and of using accent, intonation and rhythm in speech; the ways that hand signs are used to accompany speech. As children go through the process of participating in social interaction and becoming familiar with the cultural codes, they also acquire vocabulary and structures that allow them to express more and more complex meaning.

The formulaic system has only a limited potential for expressing new and precise meanings – language users can only (in this system) use the formulaic expressions they have learned, and in the context in which they are relevant. The value of the system is that learners can draw on the resource of formulaic expressions more quickly than their knowledge of grammatical structures, and they will tend to do so in moments of communicative pressure (p. 63). Learners can also use their formulaic system as a learning strategy, to reach for something they don’t yet understand properly, and to push themselves on towards increased proficiency.

Children’s success in language learning is therefore not simply a matter of their ability to study successfully or to have the right attitude; it is much more Young learners and language learning 35 complicated than that: ‘what we perceive as language learning ability is not a fixed characteristic of a person but rather a complex reflection of the whole learning situation’(Bialystok, 2001, p. 89). Cognitive processes in language learning Most cognitive theorists acknowledge the importance of sociolinguistic processes in language learning; however, they stress the importance of cognitive processes in SLA.

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