Drilling is a teaching technique, which is focused on repeating structural patterns through oral practice. Back in the past, according to Behaviorist approach, language learning was thought to be merely a matter of habit formation. Hence, people used to believe that due to repetition of phrases one could learn a foreign language. However, nowadays it has already been proven that language learning is far more sophisticated and creative than it was thought to be. Though drilling cannot cover all aspects of learning a language, it still continues to be a useful technique, if it is conducted properly. As far as teaching kids is concerned, we all know that they are masters of imitating and repeating whatever they see or hear. In fact, a drill can really turn out to be efficient for kids.
Why drills can be useful?
- It gives learners an opportunity to hear and say words and phrases, improving their pronunciation and intonation.
- If your kids have difficulty in pronouncing some particular sounds, drilling activities can help them to move their tongues in the right way to produce the sounds. In this regard, tongue twisters may come in handy as well.
- With the help of drills children can concentrate on accuracy.
- For learners who are not confident, drilling activities may provide a secure atmosphere to practise producing the language. Besides, drilling activities can turn out to meet kids’ expectations, as many of them believe that drilling is a crucial stage of learning a language.
- It helps learners to memorise some particular language patterns and language chunks.
- Teachers are provided with a chance to check whether kids have any difficulty in pronouncing new words or not.
Drilling activities with kids