Methodology The increasing focus on language learning in the early stages ofeducation has brought about many changes in the way we teach young learners. Most recently the focus has moved towardsintegrating, in some way, both the target language and the main curricular contents. This approach has led to many variants of content and language-integrated learning (CLIL). Sparks provides a content and language-related learning programme for the full six years of primary education.
MethodologyDual Focus 1. Language objectives 2. Content objectivesClassroom work 1. Presentation 2. Work with the book 3. PracticeLiteracy 1. Literary development 2. PhonicsCaretaker languageCommunication
ComponentsStudent: Student’s Book with stickers Multi-ROM SB (SB 1-2 & AB 3-6) Activity Book Pop-outs (levels 1 & 2) Cut-outs (levels 3 to 6) Project Booklet (3 & 4) Grammar & Writing Booklet (5 & 6)
ComponentsTeacher: Teacher’s Book Class CD Stick Puppets Posters and Pop-outs Puppet Flashcards Storycards DVD Teacher’s Resource Book E-Solutions
Student’s Book and StickersThe Students Book contains all the core work for the year dividedinto 8 units. The stickers, which are in the middle of the book, areused in Lesson 8 as a form of key language revision for the unit.
Student´s Pop-outs (1 & 2)The pop-outs are used in lessons 2, 3, 6 or 7,depending on the requirements of each unit.These pop-outs are easy for children to useand do not require the use of scissors.There are also mini-versions of the flashcards:key vocabulary pop-outs.These provide children with an opportunity tojoin in with the revision games.
Student´s Cut-outs (3 to 6)The cut-outs are used in Lesson 8 for vocabularygames.They are also used for some optional Activity Bookactivities.There are also key vocabulary cut-outs that childrencan use for vocabulary revision games. These gamesand the suggestions for using the cut-outs appear onthe Options pages at the end of each lesson in theTeachers Book.Photocopiable pages of the cut-outs are available inthe Teachers Resource Book for those children who donot have the Activity Book, or in cases where the cut-outs go missing.
Multi-ROMEach level comes with an interactive Multi-ROMdesigned for the exploitation of the course contentsthrough the use of new technologies.The Sparks Multi-ROMs come with complementaryactivities and include all the songs and stories fromthe level in the form of audio CD tracks.This methodological resource gives children theopportunity to work alone and helps developlearner autonomy. Song Electronic version of the story Phonics activity Listening comprehension
Activity BookThe Activity Book provides additional support for the Students Book.The exercises in the Activity Book can be done in class or be given as homework.The activities are sufficiently straightforward for the children to be able to dothem alone and without any support.
Project Booklet (3 & 4)Each unit contains a project that providesan opportunity to practise and developoral and written skills related to the topicof the unit.In Level 3, there are three projects thatinclude games, experiments andcraftwork.The guide for these projects is on theOptions pages of Lessons 2, 3, 6 and 7.
Grammar & Writing Booklet (5 & 6)Each unit comes with a text thatprovides children with an opportunity todevelop their writing skills and practisegrammatical structures related to thetopic of the unit.The guide for these pages can be foundin the Options pages oflessons 2, 3, 6 and 7.Clear and easy instructions for thestudents in the beginning of the booklet
Teacher’s BookThe Teacher’s Book contains step-by-stepinstructions for each lesson: Levels 1 and 2: 8 lessons per unit Levels 3 to 6: 10 lessons per unitIt also contains information to help the teacherdevelop the necessary skills for working with acontent related approach and useful sectionssuch as how to anticipate difficulties andprepare for each lesson.There are also optional games and practiceopportunities for basic competences. An adorable mascot that accompanies children as they work their way through the course.
Teacher’s BookStep-by-step: Levels 1 and 2: 8 lessons per unit Levels 3 to 6: 10 lessons per unit
Class CD and stick puppetsTeachers are provided with a complete set ofCDs that include all the songs, audio activitiesand stories for each level. There are four puppets that represent the main characters from the course. They are used to present and support learning.
Posters and Poster Pop-outs Side B of the poster and the poster pop-outsSide A of the poster and the poster provide support for the story. The posterpop-outs provide additional support shows the story scene and other backgroundfor presenting the basic contents of elements. The pop-outs are used to show whatthe unit and all the specific themes. happens in the story. These elements support the development of childrens literacy skills.
Story cardsThe story cards are big versions of the storyframes and include a transcript of the story onthe back of the cards.
FlashcardsThe teacher uses the flashcards to help present thevocabulary. The optional pages also provide suggestionsfor games that involve the flashcards. 175 Flashcards
DVD A DVD with characters (played by British actors) who are involved in everyday situations (“Real Kids”). With subtitles.There is a catchy song (karaoke) for each unit and a picture dictionary.
Teacher’s Resource BookThe Teacher’s Resource Book includes photo-copiable sheets which are divided into anumber of sections.There are exercise sheets for use with the DVD,extension activities, sheets for children whohave recently joined the class, reading andwriting activities, tests and a story for "FirstReaders" (Richmond Primary Readers).The pack also comes with exam tips and advicefor those children taking Trinity or CambridgeYounger Learner Exams (YLE).
E-Solutions The interactive resources for the teacher include four CD-ROMs per level: 2. Young Learners Exams (Starters level) The CD-ROM YLE can be used in the 1. The students Multi-ROM. language laboratory or on an interactive whiteboard.3. Teachers Interactive Resources:This contains e-fl ashcards, e-storycards and e-posters. The digitalcomponents of SPARKS arecompatible with all availableinteractive whiteboard software.
USPsWelknown authors: Susan House y Katharine Scot (authors of theseries “Little Wizard” from Heinemann)Inclusion of CLILIntegrates and develops Basic Competences.Dual Focus (vocabulary and concepts)Literacy focus: students learn the alphabet throught Phonics students are encouraged to read (integrated in the units and included in the Teacher’s Books)