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Chinese: Teacher's Kit - Little Pim

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Make foreign language learning fun for your students–Little Pim’s research-backed program keeps kids engaged and entertained while teaching them more than 180 Chinese words and phrases. The Chinese Teacher’s Kit is an engaging enrichment tool for any beginner-level Chinese course for toddlers,...Read more →
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This resource is a language program aimed at children ages 0-6. It is available in eleven different languages and consists of flashcards, DVDs, posters, plush toys, teacher notes and lesson plans. It is my view that this program would be engaging for children in Early Stage 1 as it combines education and fun in the format of a cartoon.

I would use this resource in a lesson by having the children view at least one five minute episode. Then plan a follow up lesson with the corresponding flashcards. I would also encourage the children to use the Chinese words they know in normal classroom interactions with both teachers and students.

In 2011, Mandarin was the most widely spoken language other than English in Australia (Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2013). In addition to the fact that Australia has extremely strong trading connections with China, it is important for students to recognise the importance of Chinese culture in Australia. It is also very likely that at least one student in a class or school, depending on its’ location, will speak Mandarin at home. This means that Mandarin should be a focus in learning about family languages in primary schools in NSW.

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http://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/abs@.nsf/Lookup/2071.0main+features902012-2013

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Flashcards for iPad

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This resource is an app designed for the Ipad which is becoming increasingly available in schools and a more and more popular tool in the education of young children. I believe this is due to the fact that the mobile tablet gives children a way of taking charge of their own learning at their own pace. The app presents a variety of different animals and objects visually and is interactive in a way that is engaging for young children. It uses bright colours and has sound effects to assist the learner in discovering how to pronounce the word and if the subject makes a certain noise, the app is able to replicate it when the picture is touched.

I would use this app as a rotation in an activity where groups of children move around the classroom, engaging in different activities for a set period of time. To assess the children’s understanding of what they have learned, I would plan lessons around the subjects and language presented in the app and observe whether the children a forthcoming with the information or if they need additional work or support.

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Numbers Song in German. Zahlenlied. - YouTube

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It's a numbers song in German. Zahlenlied. Kinderlied. Written and performed by A.J. Jenkins. Copyright 2010 A.J.Jenkins/KidsTV123: All rights reserved. For ...
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This resource is a song that teaches children to count from one to ten and then backwards from ten to one in German. I believe that using numbers is a good way to begin to teach a new language to children. This is because the Arabic system of depicting numerals is used by the majority of modern languages and is familiar to children who speak English. As the children are able to recognise that the numbers are the same, they just have different names, the children will feel more confident.

A method of utilising this resource in the classroom would be to first view it without sound and ask the children to sing in English. Then turn the sound on and let them view it a few times until they feel confident joining in. I would screen the video two or three times a week until the children are comfortable using the German names. I would then encourage the children to use the German names for the numbers in general classroom work and discussion. How easily the children are able to integrate the German names for numbers into their work or discussion would be a way of unobtrusively assessing their ability.

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When We Go Walkabout

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Set on Groote Eylandt, this beautiful book invites children to look for animals in different habitats throughout the course of one day.
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This book is a valuable resource in teaching children about indigenous culture and language. It gives an introduction to Australia’s unique wildlife in a bilingual approach which acknowledges the shared history of Australia. It is important for Australian students to understand from a young age that Australia was not ‘discovered’ in 1788 but was home to around 250 language groups of Indigenous people.

This book is an ideal resource for teaching Early Stage 1 students about Aboriginal history and culture according to the selection criteria in ‘Aboriginal Education K-6: resource guide’. This resource is written by Rhoda Lalara who is an Indigenous writer and expert linguist. The work is illustrated by Alfred Lalara who is an Indigenous artist.

I would use this book as a springboard into further study of Indigenous literature and songs. The children could spend a lesson on their own walkabout around their school grounds and discuss what they have seen back in the classroom or draw a picture.

There is also a recording available of the entire text spoken in Anindilyakwa (https://soundcloud.com/allenandunwin/yirruwa-yirrilikenuma-langwa) which could also be a useful teaching resource to accompany this book.

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Bosley Sees the World - Multilinual Edition: Spanish, French, Italian, Chinese, Arabic and Russian Translations: Timothy Johnson, Ozzy Esha: 9781475253283: Amazon.com: Books

Bosley Sees the World - Multilinual Edition: Spanish, French, Italian, Chinese, Arabic and Russian Translations [Timothy Johnson, Ozzy Esha] on Amazon.com. *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Bosley is a confident, curious little bear who takes on new challenges whenever he has the opportunity. This book encourages children to learn new things about the world around them and look beyond what they know. Multilingual edition! This book is written in 8 languages: English
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This picture book is a multilingual resource which encourages children to be curious about the world around them while learning what certain types of animals and objects are called in different languages. Picture books are an essential tool in the teaching and learning experience of young children and an excellent way to introduce family languages.

As a tool for a lesson I would select only one language to begin with as trying to teach several languages at once would only confuse the class. As such, this book is a good resource for planning lessons targeting family languages but not as a learning tool as it presents too much information to the young reader at once.

The book also gives children a global perspective of how different languages can be used to tell the same story. Therefore this book could be a useful tool in planning lessons that promote tolerance and inclusivity for other cultures and language groups. This book can be used to assist children in understanding that although languages may look and sound different, they are used in the same way to convey meaning.

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