Language development lays the foundation for the reading and writing skills in children as they enter and progress through school. Language is needed for all aspects of their education in the classroom as they connect with peers and teachers, and throughout their lives as they grow into adulthood. So, developing language skills is of absolute significance for every child’s progress in later life span both as social beings and in pursuing an education. Our goal at MRIS-46 is to create a language-rich environment, and hence the students of Primary school are exposed to language, be it English, Hindi, German, Spanish, French or Sanskrit, is meaningful, deliberate, repetitive and engaging. The third language is offered from Grade V upwards but the approach remains the same, meaning it directly involves the students as active participants. Language, oral as well as written permeates all classroom activities. Let’s dig into some of the ways we adopt.
- Read Aloud: Reading aloud and its follow-up conversation allow teachers to help enhance students’ vocabulary, create a shared literary experience, evoke discussion, and model fluency.
- Word Walls: Word walls are another key component of a language-rich environment. The organized display of words provides an always-available visual reference for the students.
- Word of the week: This serves as a great visual way of introducing the students to a new word and later pursuing its usage.
- Spell Bee: This Spell Bee challenge opens the horizons of the students. Subject related terminology forms a part of it too.
- Speaking skill activities: These activities are held for all the languages-English, Hindi, French, Spanish and Sanskrit in the form of extempore, conversation prompts, debates and interviews to enhance their communication skills.
- Role plays and enactments are held to develop the art of conversation.
- Involving Parents for bolstering language skills on certain occasions.
- Engaging students in daily conversations through circle time and making them share their viewpoint on various topics while modelling eye-to-eye contact and giving appropriate responses.
- Creative prompts form the backbone of writing skills. Various journal and creative prompts are given to allow students to come up with their creativity using “descriptive language.”
Exposing students to language frequently and systematically is important in a language-rich environment. Our school has embraced the importance of repetitively exposing our students to language, not only in the classroom, but everywhere!