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Semantic absurdities

Semantic Absurdities : What’s Wrong with Mr. Bing Ding Dong?


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Our crazy Phonic All Star always gets it all wrong when he hits his gong! Can you fix his mistakes with semantics…

Mr. Bing Ding Dong is our Chinese Chef who is from Hong Kong. When he cooks his Chinese meal for his guests, he runs out and hits his gong and says “NG! Dinners Ready!” He likes to cook and sing and wear Bling-Bling whilst flipping chicken wing. One thing about Mr. Bing Ding Dong is that he hits his head and gets a little C-R-A-Z-Y and makes mistakes as the evening gets later. He mixes everything up. Make sure you don’t eat there after 8 o’clock as he is known to mix up his prawn with worm in his dim sims…YUCK! (Listen for his soundtrack on CD2-Carnivale of sound on itunes)  In the folders you will find What’s wrong with Mr. Bing Ding Dong? Worksheets. Here are some of the confusions he has been facing. Help him to work them out with your child.

 This tasks develops skills for: Verbal expression-vocabulary-semantic relationships

 Task- Explaining what is wrong in the picture

Ask your child to look at the picture and to tell you what they see are wrong in the picture (semantic absurdities). Support them to express their answer using the correct words and well structured sentences. Help them to develop a mature sentence by including clauses (that add to the sentence- eg. Who is wearing a striped jumper) and joining words (ie. And/ or/ but/ and then/ however/so/even though).

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Semantic confusion and absurdities are a great way to develop vocabulary and semantic relationships.

Practice these sentences a few times to assist them to learn how to arrange the words in a sentence (syntactic structure).  Ask questions that explore the picture further and to consider events that may not be in the here and now using their prediction, imagination and inferential abilities.

If they get stuck, break your questions down to simple “WH” questions…

  • What is this?
  • Who is this?
  • What is happening in the picture?
  • Where is the boy walking?
  • What do you think he will do next?
  • Why do you think he is…?
  • How do you know it is a …?

Example of an effective language interactions:

Parent:“What is the crazy thing that is happening in the picture?

Child: “The boy is carrying an umbrella but there is money raining from the clouds. Money doesn’t rain from the clouds.”

Parent:“What would you expect would fall from the clouds?”

Child:“Rain usually falls from the clouds.

Parent: “If this picture was true, what do you think the boy might do next?”

Child:“He could pick up the money and go shopping for a new scooter.