Authentic and Functional

Watch to learn from teachers around the territory on how to engage students with authentic experiences to learn functional language.

Reading Strategies

From Picture Talk to Picture Write

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Building Functional Language

Check out these photos to show how Gina MacLean uses different matts made for her young learners.  They have different sizes of buttons, zippers and materials to touch.  Gina has the children practice doing the tasks while following her instructions, ‘tie it up, do up that black button, touch the moose-hide’. These phrases help when the students use them as they get dressed to go outside.