Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Language learning

A huge part of our village life is spent in language learning. We have formal language learning sessions in the morning where we learn new words and grammar, and record what we have learnt.

We use a bit of repetition and physical movement to help us learn the words. On the day this photo was taken, we were learning more body parts. We asked for the names of the body parts and then Joyce said them in a random order, and we touched that part of our body. Here, she said ‘rikirikii’ – ribs.

Here we are recording what we learnt.

After our session and throughout the day, we spend a lot of time listening to our recordings and looking at the language that we have written down in our books too. We also try to go out in the afternoon to spend time with people, practising speaking Teop and learning more language from the conversations that we have.

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