Role Play for Children to Learn Chinese

Children learn language in a quite different way from which adults learn. They repeat what they hear and they apply what they learn in new, similar situations. If they get it right, they know it by observing and getting feedback from others. If they get it wrong, they adjust it till they know it is correct. Have you seen children playing the vegetable and  fruit stand game? One child plays to be the person working in the shop, another child plays to be the customer, sometimes you can see a child playing the cashier too. They act to ask for the fresh vegetables and fruits, their price; the clerk introduces products and tries to convince the customer to buy them; and of course, the customer has to pay in the end. Once it is over, they will change roles and act it out from the start again. This is a perfect example of a ROLE PLAY. Children are very good at creating scenario and act out different roles. When acting out different roles, children use different tones or ways of communication to make the scenario realistic. Sometimes they run into argument of how the play should be like and usually they come up with a solution which satisfy everyone involved. In role plays,  children practice their social skills as well as language skills. It is also a fun exercise...

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