“A man who is ignorant of foreign languages is ignorant of his own.” Johann Goethe
Students begin to develop an understanding that language originates from God and to communicate with diverse cultures, it is important to learn the language. Students begin to interact with teachers and each other through action-related talk and role plays. They identify key words in spoken texts, such as names of people, places or objects, about themselves, their class and home environment, the weather or date. They write simple texts such as lists, labels, captions and descriptions. They rely heavily on visual, non-verbal cues such as intonation, gestures and facial expressions to help them make meaning. Students gradually recognise that there are differences and similarities between their own and other’s languages and cultures.
“The Lord said, “If as one people speaking the same language they have begun to do this, then nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them. Come, let us go down and confuse their language so they will not understand each other. That is why it was called Babel - because there the Lord confused the language of the whole world. From there the Lord scattered them over the face of the whole earth”. Genesis 11:6, 7, 9