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A kid who won`t speak!

 
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Baxter



Joined: 28 Sep 2006
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Location: Germany

PostPosted: Thu Sep 28, 2006 8:29 am    Post subject: A kid who won`t speak! Reply with quote

I`m teaching english to 2 german kids (2 and 5) - the lessons are really for the 5 year old and his sister just sits in. He knows some words but refuses to speak them to me, I`ve spent a total of 9 hours with him (in 90 minute) blocks. How can I get him to speak? The lessons are at his house so there are many of his toys around, so it`s not like I can entice him with something because so many other toys are within reach. He is incredibly stubborn - I`m at the stage where I want to take a chocolate bar in and start eating it and bribe him into saying `chocolate` to get some!. I have not done any professional University training in this respect and would appreciate any help. Thanks Confused
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ASturgis



Joined: 30 Sep 2006
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 30, 2006 1:33 pm    Post subject: Stubborn in any language! Reply with quote

I work with preschool kids, too, and there is no more stubborn age, but I do love them. You could try enticing him with some toy cars and getting him to crash them into each other making sounds like bam! crash! or whatever car accidents sound like in German. Just getting him to utter anything is probably a start. Then he could phone the police using a toy telephone, etc. He might forget he doesn't want to talk! Good luck, and don't discount the chocolate approach!
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shannonsensei



Joined: 24 Mar 2006
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Location: osaka, japan

PostPosted: Sun Oct 08, 2006 2:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

you've only had 6 lessons with him. this may not be enough time for him to feel comfortable around you yet. i wouldn't worry about it too much. i've had kids not speak for much longer than this. Very Happy
however, i understand the feeling like you're talking to yourself. perhaps you can try playing games where he can demonstrate english knowledge without actually having to speak. for example, have him touch the flashcard that you tell him to touch. or ask him to give you the red car, put the blue block on top. that sort of thing.
you can also try using a puppet. sometimes kids have an easier time talking to a puppet than they do to a teacher.
love,
shannon
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diudiusummer



Joined: 27 Oct 2006
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Location: China

PostPosted: Mon Nov 06, 2006 2:09 am    Post subject: Silent period Reply with quote

There is a silent period before children open their mouth to speak. Children tend to listen to adults and keep silent at the beginning. They are inputting the language materials to get ready to output. Then when are ready to speak, they will open their mouths.
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