Stories as contributors to L2 development
Laszlo Magocsa, Saturday 13.00-13.30

This paper looks at how children aged 3;0 – 6;0 acquire a second language (L2) by listening and repeating simple stories. At L2 kindergartens stories (just like songs, rhymes and chants) provide opportunity for repetition of words and phrases and acting out. In this context there is hidden the syntactic device of modified repetition based on grammatical frames occurring in the stories. I investigate how movement and gesture illustrate meaning while children are exposed to stories and how negotiation of meaning helps L2 acquisition. We can witness children’s mental organization at this stage of their development. We will see how they organize their world while they are learning an L2 (in our case English) and how stories told by the teacher and repeated by the children help forming and refining concepts about the language and ideas both about the L2 and the world. The new experiences and information got by listening and repeating stories in English help children further develop not only their L2 but organization of ideas about the language and the world. I will investigate the role of L2 teacher (the story teller) in this organization as the main supplier and organizer of comprehensible English language input.

Laszlo Magocsa is a senior lecturer at the Institution of Foreign and Ethnic Languages, József Eötvös College, Baja, Hungary. Holds a university doctorate degree from Debrecen University, in philology. His research field: EFL acquisition at kindergartens. Teaches courses in second language acquisition, language teaching methodology, English literature at the college.