Tsakona, V. (2016). Teaching Polite Strategies in the Kindergarten

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Abstract: The present study explores the use of the genre of service encounters to
teach (about) politeness strategies in the kindergarten. My teaching proposal involves
a critical approach to politeness strategies which is expected to enhance students’
awareness of the social/interactional aspects of service encounters, and in particular to
familiarize them with positive and negative politeness and with how the speech acts
they may use in such contexts contribute to creating solidarity or distance with their
interlocutors. Since young children participate in such interactions outside school,
their own experiences could form the basis for language teaching. Concurrently,
kindergartens are often equipped to host role play activities simulating service
encounters, and teachers are usually trained to assist children in such activities. Given
the above, the present teaching proposal will be based on the multiliteracies model
which aims at cultivating students’ critical literacy skills and exploits children’s
communicative and textual experiences. The presentation of the teaching proposal
here includes not only specific activities and goals that could be set by teachers and
children, but also the analysis of authentic data, so as to assist teachers in the
preparation of their courses. (Full article: tsakona_pr-2015-0022_proofs.pdf )

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