Phase 1A: Lesson 1 (English)
Animals, People, Subject Pronouns
Lesson Plans: created by Greg and Angela Thompson
Session 1 at-a-Glance
Start with the Foundation
It is good the first day to begin with some of the most foundational vocabulary. In ordinary conversation, people probably talk most about people. A good starting point in language learning is words for people, including pronouns. man, woman, boy, girl, baby, old lady, etc. (languages differ in the way the divide the life span into segments); I, you, we, they, he (languages differ in the specific variety of pronouns, too).
Those basic human nouns and pronouns may provide ten or fifteen vocabulary. These can be supplemented by other common living creatures in your context such as dog, cat, horse, cow, fly, spider, frog, mouse.
Descriptions of ongoing activities and states that are visible to the GP are an extremely important part of early input. It is relatively easy to learn actions in the form of commands. It is important to hear, not just, "Eat the bread.", but also "He is eating the bread." "We are eating the carrot." etc, in contexts where such meanings are actually being expressed. An easy way to do this at this point is to have the Nurturer and GPs, in various combinations, doing various activities, mainly ones that the GPs already know, and the Nurturer describing them. (However see the discussion in the introduction where we mention the need for some more creative alternatives.)
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