Language experience is a great way to promote reading, writing,
and vocabulary in our students. It involves students experiencing
hands-on activity where topic vocabulary is used by the teacher to
help define the new or build on the experience. Teachers assist
students to use this vocabulary throughout the experience.
Once the experience has been completed teachers ask students to
assist them with brainstorming the new vocabulary. Using the new
vocabulary the class generates a sentence or two about the
experience. Students themselves then have a go at either writing
their own sentence using the vocabulary brainstormed or if they are
in the early stages of writing they can copy the class co-constructed
sentence. To add understanding to their sentence students then
draw a picture to match the sentence.
Teachers utilise these sentences across the week. They may break
the sentence into parts and ask students to put the sentence in order,
developing their knowledge of sentence structure and reading.
They may pick words out of the sentence to work with students to
learn how to spell, reiterate what the meaning of the word is. This
experience benefits the majority of students and can be altered to
suit higher year levels. It gives students a supportive structure to
experiment with their writing skills producing fantastic results, no
matter their entry level.