Monday, March 30, 2020

Book- Language and Language teaching

‘Children's use of language is closely related to the things they do with their hands and bodies and the objects they come in contact with.’

During the early stages, words and language do not have a meaning if children cannot associate it with their life. 

Focusing on the exposure of a child, Kumar discusses, how a child uses a language to express himself. 

A language is also a form of expression of themselves. The words the child uses creates the environment he is in. The words he hears create the environment he imagines. It’s all in how we perceive and produce the language in a given context. 

Language is about a lot of emotions. 



Describing the process

Directing other’s attention

Directing one’s own activities



Representing life. 

Language and Its interpretations. 

How do we interpret a language? Is it a tool for communication or does it have any other purposes? 

Krishna Kumar interprets the language and its use through a child’s life view. How does a child use a language not only to communicate but, to express himself? 

The child expresses himself in language through different modes. 

  • Explaining
  • Play
  • Directing other’s attention
  • Inquiry
  • Directing own’s activities
  • Associating
  • Anticipating
  • Representing Life

Various examples and explanations are given on each and everything they do with the language.

  • Finding:
  • Reasoning:
  • Projecting:
  • Predicting:
  • Relating:

In what way, does a teacher's attitude on language learning impacts a student’s learning?

How do we use language?

There’s a huge impact on the psyche of students because of teachers’ attitudes towards language. Emphasizing the attitude, Krishna Kumar does not write this book confining to any particular language or first language, second language. This book is written to portray a child’s point of view on language. This handbook suggests various formations in pedagogic techniques. 


“As we listen to a story our mind runs to the events and characters portrayed in it. Many stories are

about events that we have never witnessed in our own lives, yet we can imagine them. Similarly,

we are able to form an image of the characters even though we may never have faced people who are like these characters.” Stories. 

Good stories deserve many tellings.

Don’ts in the storytelling

Talking about the moral value of the story post storytelling. 

Equally, demand the children to memorize the story. 

The freedom to re-create a story and its characters in a way that is meaningful to oneself is a right every child must-have.

Stories prepare the children for Drama. In storytelling as listeners, Children relate to the characters and reimagine in their own way. 

 In Drama, it happens in an explicit way. 

establishing in the classroom an ethos in which play looks possible and right.

Spontaneous Drama. 

Communication is important and thoughtful communication with children helps you to improve your talking skills and also language learning. 

While the activities are important for learning. It’s also important on teaching children how to think. Helping them out to observe and express seemed organic. 

His lucid writing encourages the reader to read further. 

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