Some of these practices are:
• Creating meaningful contexts. Storytelling provides children with a perfect framework for listening, speaking and spoken interaction.
• Language learning by imitation is very efficient at this age, for example repeating what a character in a story says, memorising a song, chant or poem.
• Establishing routines
is important because this helps to structure what happens in the classroom.
• Maximum exposure to the target language
not only from the teacher, but through a varied range of sources such as songs, DVDs, cue cards and any other resources available.
• Parental involvement:
A clear definition of the objectives of the teaching and learning of a foreign language in primary education is essential for a shared understanding between the school and the parents.
• Continuity and progression
within primary and between primary and secondary is important for successful language learning and learner motivation. For this reason, Baby Erasmus covers all the language educational cycle (0-6) and subsequently comes along their pupils with after-school classes.
In this regard, Baby Erasmus is developing several collaborative projects together with other English and Irish universities and nursery schools so that our students can enjoy real interaction with the English language and the diverse cultures that surround it.