Exploring the Impact of using Stories and ICT to teach English to 3- and 4- year-old Spanish children: Motivation and Development.
In, EDULearn International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies, Barcelona, Spain,
04 - 06 Jul 2011.
This work presents the results of a study involving 3-4 year-old English language learners enrolled in a course where electronic stories were used. The study aimed to explore two main areas: 1. teachers and children use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in the language classroom and 2. the influence of electronic stories on the development of emergent literacy skills. Results of the study showed that teachers found the use of ICT a positive strategy to enhance young children's learning environment, but also that implementing ICT-based projects in the young learner classroom necessarily raises issues of school's provision for training and technical support, as well as considerations of teacher:child ratios. From the children's perspective, an evaluation of the lesson via a survey adapted for the age of the participants showed positive reactions to the inclusion of ICT in the English lesson. With regards to development of literacy skills, analysis of children’s retellings showed varied changes throughout the duration of the course. Whilst some changes were incremental others remained unchanged and one case showed decreased progression. Further investigation is suggested to study the reasons that might provide insight into why the children developed understanding of story structure in such high variations. The study showed how the young learner English curriculum could consider children's development of emergent literacy skills as a result of learning English via electronic stories. Furthermore, it showed how ICT integrated in the foreign language curriculum can motivate young children and provide meaning to the activity of learning English at a time when the mother tongue is still developing.
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