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Atee Oblak

  1. 1. The Very Young Learner and Learning English Language through the Vehicle of Sport and Dance
  2. 2. A Case study Polona Oblak, M.Sc. Matjaž Vehovar, BA
  3. 3. Who are we? <ul><li>Co-operation between Secondary Grammar School (SSD Borci) and </li></ul><ul><li>Faculty of Education Maribor </li></ul><ul><li>Pilot Project (4 years) </li></ul>
  4. 4. Target Group <ul><li>Children aged 4-7: </li></ul><ul><li>Old Enough to Socialise </li></ul><ul><li>‘ Young’ Enough to Acquire a Language?! </li></ul><ul><li>Being the most Receptive </li></ul><ul><li>Whole Person Development/ Life-long Learning </li></ul><ul><li>Develop Skills and Abilities </li></ul>
  5. 5. Why? <ul><li>Needs Analysis: </li></ul><ul><li>Emotions </li></ul><ul><li>Knowledge </li></ul><ul><li>Motivation </li></ul>Children Resources Parents Teachers
  6. 6. How? <ul><li>Sportshall </li></ul><ul><li>2 Professionals (Sports,English) </li></ul><ul><li>Small Groups (10 - 12) </li></ul><ul><li>EFL (English as a Foreign Language) </li></ul><ul><li>90 Minutes per Week </li></ul>
  7. 7. Collaborative Activities and Skills <ul><li>Vehicle for Learning (Language, Sports) </li></ul><ul><li>Complementary Tasks </li></ul><ul><li>Lesson Planning </li></ul><ul><li>New Vocabulary </li></ul><ul><li>Exercise </li></ul><ul><li>Revision/ Repetition </li></ul><ul><li>New/ Old Activity </li></ul><ul><li>Practise </li></ul><ul><li>Warm up </li></ul>English Sports
  8. 8. T eam-teaching <ul><li>Traditional Team-teaching </li></ul><ul><li>Diferentiated Split class </li></ul><ul><li>Team-teaching </li></ul><ul><li>Parallel Instruction </li></ul><ul><li>Complimentary or Supportive Instruction </li></ul><ul><li>Monitoring Teacher </li></ul><ul><li>English Corner </li></ul><ul><li>Warming up Activities </li></ul><ul><li>Stations </li></ul>
  9. 9. Cross-disciplinary Goals <ul><li>Stimulative Enviroment </li></ul><ul><li>Engagement of Students in Authentic real-world Tasks </li></ul><ul><li>Satisfy Different Learning Styles </li></ul><ul><li>Develop Child’s Multiple Intelligences </li></ul><ul><li>Student-centred and Teacher Facilitated Approach </li></ul>
  10. 10. Main Sport Objectives <ul><li>Functional Capabilities (cardio-vascular system, heart, and loungs) </li></ul><ul><li>Psychomotor Development </li></ul><ul><li>Learning the Motor–physical Skills </li></ul><ul><li>Relaxation (Yoga for Children) </li></ul>
  11. 11. Main Dance Objectives <ul><li>Rhythm </li></ul><ul><li>Music Appreciation </li></ul><ul><li>Posture </li></ul><ul><li>Group Work </li></ul>
  12. 12. Main Language Objectives <ul><li>Positive Attitude towards Foreign Language Learning </li></ul><ul><li>Pronunciation </li></ul><ul><li>Acquire Chunks of Language </li></ul><ul><li>Grasp the Meaning </li></ul><ul><li>Develop Child’s Imagination and Be Creative </li></ul><ul><li>Use their Instinct for Talk and Interaction for FLA </li></ul>
  13. 13. Project Perspectives <ul><li>Find Cross-curricular Activities that would link Sports/ Dance and English </li></ul><ul><li>Produce more Authentic Situations </li></ul><ul><li>Include Native Speaker </li></ul><ul><li>Apply to other Languages (German, French, Spanish) </li></ul><ul><li>Write and Publish own Materials (activities, tasks, audio-video) </li></ul><ul><li>Develop Methods of Assessment and Evaluation for Very Young Learners </li></ul>
  14. 14. Conclusion <ul><li>Life-long Learning </li></ul><ul><li>Methodology: Team-teaching </li></ul><ul><li>Approach: Collaboration </li></ul><ul><li>Activities: Synergy </li></ul><ul><li>Worthwhile Activity </li></ul><ul><li>Motivation: High Achievers </li></ul>
  15. 15. Further Reading <ul><li>Bergen D. (1994). Child Education: Developing Art and Science od Team Teaching. </li></ul><ul><li>Davis, J. R. (1995). Interdisciplinary courses and teamteaching: New arrangements for learning. Phoenix: Orxy Press. </li></ul><ul><li>Dunn, O. (1984). Developing English with Young Learners. Hemel Hampsted. Practice Hall. </li></ul><ul><li>Lightbown, M.P. and Spada, N. (1999). How Languages are Learned. Oxford: OUP. </li></ul><ul><li>Oblak, P. (2003). The Young Learner and Learning a Language through the Vehicle of Sport: A Case Study. Oxford: Oxford Brookes University. </li></ul>
  16. 16. Thank you for your Attention!

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