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Teaching Foreign Languages

The Steiner-Waldorf School Approach

January 2015
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  • Publisher
    Floris Books
  • Published
    15th January 2015
  • ISBN 9781782501206
  • Language English
  • Pages 96 pp.
  • Size 5.5" x 8.5"

At one level, teaching and learning foreign languages has its own set of skills and challenges for teachers and students. In Waldorf schools, however, the guiding principle of language teaching is constant: to engage with all aspects of the students—their experiences, personalities, and movements—to help them connect deeply with the foreign language.

Erhard Dahl, an experienced language teacher, offers a wealth of insights into the Steiner-Waldorf schools approach to foreign language teaching, including English as a Foreign Language in non-English speaking countries. He shows clearly how pupils develop vocabulary and grammar and learn to read in a foreign language. He explores the various approaches needed for classes 1 to 4, in which, for example, imitation can be used, through the older years, when speech becomes increasingly individualized and independent.

The author also addresses such common issues as questions from parents about how quickly their children are acquiring a language; what to do about exams; and whether to use a textbook or not.

Teaching Foreign Languages will be a useful handbook for anyone interested in how Waldorf schools teach foreign languages.

“...contains much to commend it to the general reader with an interest in this subject, whilst at the same time, being a very informative and instructive guide on the developing child and the methodology that underlies foreign language teaching in Waldorf schools, it would be of especial interest to language teachers.”

— New View

Erhard Dahl

Erhard Dahl was born in 1947. He was professor of English literature at the University of Paderborn, Germany, and since 1990 has taught at the Uhlandshöhe Waldorf School in Stuttgart.