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Reporting

Background

All children like to talk about themselves, things that have happened and things that they anticipate. Providing these opportunities can help develop children’s ability to use language to speak about an event or a person. Given a specific task, children soon discover if they are ineffective in communication and repeated attempts at such tasks will help them remedy their deficiency.

Aim

To get children to observe an event or activity and to describe it.

Activities

Ask one child to go out of the room, see what is happening outside, and tell the
class what he saw. For instance, he might report that he saw a truck, two shops and a bicycle.

The rest of the children, preferably sitting in a circle, will ask him questions, one by one, and one question per child. For instance, a child may ask: 'What was hanging form the bicycle's handle?' The reply may be: ' A basket.' The next question may be, 'What colour was the basket?' and so on.

When one round of questioning is complete, you will ask the child to recall who had asked the best question and to repeat it.

The next round starts with the person who had asked the “best question”. Ask the child to see something that the earlier child had not seen and report about it. Continue the activity.

Related Questions

In this activity, children report on what they have observed. Reporting conversations could be a variation of this activity.

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Adapted from: "The Child's language and the teacher - A handbook", Krishna Kumar, UNICEF.

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