Why knowing the origins of human communication helps us find better methods of teaching a foreign language.
There is much debate as to the way in which human language developed as our species evolved. But many would agree that an early part of the evolution would have been the calling out of warnings of danger.
And it follows from this that the ability to tell stories must have come much later.
However, although as a species we had to wait for the evolution of the ability to invent and tell stories, this ability to tell stories proved to be a major evolutionary step.
For whereas “Watch out behind you” can save an individual from injury, storytelling can bring a whole group together with a shared understanding.
In short, the few words that constitute a warning helps the individual. The story preserves the unity of the whole group.
And it is because being part of a group remains so central to our lives that the use of storytelling in learning a foreign language is such a vital tool. The children who learn French or Spanish with stories as a core part of their learning, can share their new learning and feel part of the group.
This is why our French and Spanish courses for years 3-4 and 5-6 are based around stories. For just as our ancestors evolved language as a way of telling stories, so the power of the story remains, and enthuses children with the desire to learn a second language.
You can read more about our story based language courses for Spanish and French through the links below…
Learn French with Luc et Sophie 1ère Partie Starter Pack (Years 3–4)
Learn Spanish with Luis y Sofía 1a Parte Starter Pack (Years 3–4)
Learn Spanish with Luis y Sofía 2a Parte Starter Pack (Years 5–6)