Nonverbal communication "under the nose"

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A part from that, some researchers have noted a developmental sequence for children acquiring a second language: First of all, there can be a period of time when children keep using their home language, even in situations where the second language is used. Secondary, some children get into a nonverbal period; after this period they began to use telegraphic and formulaic  phrases in the new language. And finally, little by little, children begin to learn how to use the language well.  Home language useWhen children are in a situation where people around them speak a different language from their native language they can react in two ways, they can continue to speak the language they know or they can stop talking altogether.Some children choose the first option. But when they realize that people around them do not understand them if they use their home language, they stop speaking the language in their house. But other children in the same situation, continue to speak their home language as if those around them could understand them, using the language that the new arrivals could not understand. The nonverbal period Children at the end realize that they are in environment where their home language is not useful for communication, so they stop communicating in that language and they enter a period in which they do not talk at all. That period is called the "silent or mute period". But this does not mean that they stop communicating, they find alternative ways to try to communicate with people around them, such as, ponting at things. Trying to get a message across nonverbally is an appropriate strategy in second language learning.  Although those around children may not have been aware of it, during this nonverbal period, the young second language learners began to quietly unravel the sounds, meaning, and patterns of the new language.

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