Prof. Dr. I. De Florio      Universität Kassel  
Children's Rights


Children's Language Learning Rights

A Checklist for Teachers


Do you give your children (as language learners) the right to
1.  think about how they learn languages and to experiment with different learning strategies? If yes, how?


2.  learn to explore the fun element in language, that is, through playful activities such as games, songs, quizzes, and so on?


3. enhance their linguistic creativity through language learning? 


4. learn language cooperatively through collaborative activities in a spirit of caring and sharing for one's linguistic neighbour? 


5. learn language in an ecologically relevant manner, that is, by considering how, as human beings, we can interact with Nature in mutually respectful and dignified ways? 


6. identify and pursue their own individual needs, interests and learning styles during classroom as well as extra-class activities? 


7. start developing and cultivating their cross-cultural awareness and sensitivity? 


8. contribute to their own language learning process by choosing their own language materials and activities from time to time? 


9. be evaluated with fairness and to understand how errors can be seen as positive steps in language learning growth and development? 


10. learn languages as a means of contributing to the goal of communicative Peace, thereby fostering a peace-loving and peace-promoting world? 


11. be taught by teachers who love children and whose personalities harmonize with those of their learners?

Form: FIPLV World News no. 33 (April 1995), p. 1. The checklist was compiled by Professor Dr. Francisco Gomes de Matos, Recife, Brazil.

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