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A14 - My dog makes wang wang

Duration
15–20 minutes

Age recommendation
0–6; 6–10

Key words
languages, animal sounds

Languages of the original source
Multilingual. This activity can be used in any language.

Materials needed



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Aim of the activity

The main aim is to widen linguistic awareness and make children aware that
the sounds animals make in various languages are different.



Preparation for the activity

Open the YouTube video “BOW WOW MEOW” BY SEEDEEEP.
You might also want to prepare cards as used in the video (for: dog, cat, pig,
cockerel, cow).



Procedure

Step 1.
Children watch the video and
Age group 0-6 try to imitate the sounds animals make
Age group 6-10 imitate the sounds and find out in which language animals
make which sounds.
Step 2.
Discover, with your children, which sounds animals make in your family languages.



Significant benefit of the activity

Children are made aware of the different ways that languages represent animal
languages and that there is no language such as “dog”, “cat” or “bird”
but that humans use different onomatopoeic means to imitate these sounds.
They become aware that there is no one-to-one relation between a concept
in reality and its representation in language.



Source of the activity

“Bow wow meow” by seedeeep,
This activity was inspired by:
Prap L., 2006, Das tierische Wörterbuch, Gossau [u.a.]: Nord-Süd-Verlag.