learning with fun
The focus of this class is the systematic expansion of vocabulary using child-friendly methods. There are three main topics for each class. With these topics the children discover new vocabulary in an imaginative and playful way. Essential criteria in language acquisition are repetition and possibilities to use the language in different context. As a result, the entire course is structured so that we will repeat vocabulary that we have already learned.
My choice to use a mix of different media as a communication method has different reasons.
First of all I want to shorten the time in front of the monitor and secondly I want to benefit from the advantages of other communication methods. The use of audio files is intended to promote active listening and the ability to concentrate. Video sequences make it easier to understand new contents, because I can connect new information with pictures which promote understanding. It also strengthens the bond between the children and me as they see me twice a week. The weekly live sessions with other children allow them to talk, play and explore together. Every child can speak freely and start a dialogue with other German-speaking children, which increases their identification with German. The analog tools such as worksheets, handicraft sheets and games help you as a family to find an opportunity to speak German and to motivate the child to deal with the language independently. Studies have also shown that handwriting and manual activities have a positive impact on children's brain development.
The children will be dealing with the German language around two and two a half hour every week, in which they hear, see, write, speak and do handicrafts.
Grammatical structures are only discussed incidentally during this class, since in elementary school age the acquisition of graphical patterns is particularly relevant for the acquisition of written language. These unconscious statistical learning processes are consolidated through continuous repetition, application and recognition. Texts in form of poems or songs are particularly suitable for this, they are easier to learn and remember thanks to a regular rhythm and rhyme form.