2What is a language experience story? A way to target languageA way to practice targeted languageA hands-on activityA way to get kids talkingA way to talk about past experiencesA way to practice auditory skillsA way to practice speech skillsA way to practice new vocabulary
3A language experience activity should be interesting and motivating to the children
5Choose activities That are hands-on That will motivate children by holding their attention and being interesting
6Teachers choose: Vocabulary and concepts to be taught Language structures to targetIn order to meet the needs of their students language levels.
7Language experiences provide an opportunity for children to communicate for a variety of reasons:
8Expressing wants and needs Protesting/RejectingAsking for informationTransferringGiving directionsExpressing opinions, feelings
9Asking for help or permission Predicting or speculatingExplaining a problem
10How to do it1. Choose the languagetargetsvocabulary
11Guidelines for choosing the activity… 1. Will doing the activity provide practice on the targeted language?2. Is it interesting enough to get children to talk?3. Is the task simple enough that the children can complete it with a minimum of adult help?
124. Are the materials manageable: 5. Is it fun for the teacher as well as the children?6. Is it designed so that several children of various levels of development can all participate?
137. Will participating give the children a feeling of pride and sense of accomplishment? 8. Is the language applicable to other experiences at home or at school?
149. Do the activity and the language relate to other everyday experiences of the children? 10. Is it related to some specific concepts or topics being worked on at other times?
152. Plan the activity Think through the steps Plan the language to teach/practiceThink of questions, comments or actions to use to get the children to produce the target language
163. Assemble all materials If you have not done this activity before, you may want to try it out.
174. Conduct the activity best with smaller groups group by language needs20-30 min. and may be shorter foryounger students
185. During the activity Introduce new vocabulary Use language eliciting techniques and modeling/imitation- practiceUse questioningProvide opportunities for the children to talk during the activity
196. After the activity The language Experience story is written. Revise planned language to meet the needs of the actual happenings
20Do language experience everyday It is fun, fun, fun…
21Experience Story should go along with your unit of study.
22Experience Chart Stories These are your stories that you write from your experiences
23Chart StoriesChildren enjoy and look forward to using the chart because it is about them and a fun activity in which they took part.
24Chart StoriesProvide a permanent record and can be used repeatedly for a variety of activities, including speech and auditory paractice as well as language instruction.
25Why use chart stories? To develop and practice targeted language To develop and practice speech skills in the context of connected languageTo develop listening skillsTo develop reading readiness and/or reading skills
26How do we do it?Think through the story – plan the story as you plan the activity to target specific languageAdjust the story as you write it with the students to fit the events that occured
27Tips to decide what language to use: Use language that is natural and appropriate for the situationUse language that incorporates the structures selected as targets for the childrenUse a variety of sentence types and syntactic elementsUse some old and new vocabularyUse language that will transfer to “real life” situationsUse language that expresses attitudes and opinions
28Chart Story Introduce the story Give it a title Reveal the story sentence by sentence – add picturesRead through the whole storyHave students identify sentences
29Practicing the chart Chart practice is worth doing every day for listening practicepractice producing sentencesproducing the sentence withoutthe teacher saying it first
30Things I like to do Experience book for each student Class experience bookKeep all charts hanging in the classroom all yearAdd additional poems, songs, and fingerplays to the booksSharing time for experiences from homeCan also be in their own books.Tie language to weekly story that ties to unit of study
31Children learn through doing. Experience stories and charts help build on the learning.