— [http://goo.gl/MahTPg] English Homework in primary school in Norway_______________________(3th grade).



:: RT: Doing English Homework ▶ http://goo.gl/MahTPg ◀ with a 3rd grader, in primary school in Norway | #Education #Pedagogy #PrimarySchool #Norway


Compulsory schooling in Norway consists of ten years: grades 1-7 in primary school and grades 8-10 in lower secondary school. The children start (primary) school the year they turn 6 or are about to turn 6 (before December 31st), and graduate (from lower secondary) the year they turn 15 or are about to turn 16. Most students attend separate primary and lower secondary schools, but about one quarter of the students are enrolled in so-called combined schools that offer both primary and lower secondary education. Schools have catchment areas, and parental choice among schools for given residence is usually not allowed. Grade repetition is not common in Norway.



There is a debate going on in Norway today on whether primary and pre-secondary school children should do homework or not. Some parents argument that it is useless; their children don't learn that much. Some children even weep over homework. But, is having no homework really a smart thing? There seem to be a positive effect of homework (in mathematics) on average. However, not all students seem to benefit from homework.

The thing is that when teachers give children homework -in this case- on the English language, their students have to memorize isolated English words, vocabulary without a context. If topics which are supposed to be taught in class are given as homework, this may affect negatively the achievement of students because these they, on average, learn relatively more while in school than at home. That is the case of my two school kids -3rd and 5th graders- who have to learn 6 or 7 English words by Friday, but no context. So, as a High School Spanish and English Trainer, I have given the homework some meaning; I call this method: Learning English in context.


Original Homework: Isolated New English words - Vocabulary

pound - pund

enough - nok

money - penger

pence - pence

animal - dyr


Modified Homework: English Vocabulary with Norwegian and Spanish translation

pound - pund - libra británica (dinero)

enough - nok - suficiente

money - penger - dinero

pence - pence - peniques

animal - dyr - animal


Original Instruction: You can learn at least four of them.


Learning English - English in Use - English in Context:

1) I have British pounds in my money collection.

2) It's not enough.

3) It's a lot of money.

4) How many five pence pieces do you have?

5) Do you like animals? Yes, I like cats.


Learning English deeply - English in Use - English in Context:

Chaining starts with part of a skill, then keeps that skill while adding another part, then keeps those two skills while adding another part, and so on continuing until the larger target is learned. There are two main types usually used: forward and backward. Forward is sometimes used in teaching speech articulation, such as with multi-syllabic words, and backward chaining is often used in teaching self help skills, such as brushing teeth or making a bed. I use backward chaining here instead of the forward method. Chaining as a language teaching tool has been demonstrated to be effective, and it seems to carry a large untapped potential. With chaining you’re basically using successive approximation, or gradually increasing the length and complexity of an utterance. I also use videoclips to illustrate each sentence.


1) I have British pounds in my money collection.

En mi colección de dinero tengo libras esterlinas.
Jeg har britiske pund i samlingen min.


... collection.

... money collection.

... my money collection.

... in my money collection.

... pounds in my money collection.

... British pounds in my money collection.

I have British pounds in my money collection.

2) It's not enough.
No es suficiente.

Det er ikke nok.


... enough.

... not enough.

It's not enough

3) It's a lot of money.
Es mucho dinero.

Dst er mye penger.


... money.

... of money.

... lot of money.

... a lot of money.

It's a lot of money.

4) How many five pence pieces do you have?

¿Cuántos peniques tienes?
Hvor mange pence har du?


... have?

... do you have?

... pieces do you have?

... pence pieces do you have?

... five pence pieces do you have?

... many five pence pieces do you have?

How many five pence pieces do you have?

5) Do you like animals? Yes, I like cats.

¿Te gustan los animales? Sí, me gustan los gatos.
Er du glad i dyr? Ja, jeg liker katter.


... cats.

... I like cats.

... Yes, I like cats.

... animals? Yes, I like cats.

... like animals? Yes, I like cats.

... you like animals? Yes, I like cats.

Do you like animals? Yes, I like cats.

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