The Lion Inside

Topic 16: Children´s literature in english. Didactic techniques to achieve oral comprehension, to initiate and encourage reading habits & to appreciate the poetic function of language.

Using a FL effectively requires having a number of abilities that linguistics identify as linguistic skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing. However, before students are able to produce chunks of language in the FL, receptive skills play a central role, as it happens with L1 acquisition. In other words, the natural route for learning any language goes through reception before production. For many years, receptive skills were neglected in traditional approaches, since they were considered as “passive stages”. As opposed to this idea, recent approaches based on the nature of language comprehension stress the relevance of receptive skills for effective FL learning. In this sense, teaching to understand requires implementing a series of strategies and techniques to engage students in active listening and reading.

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