— [http://goo.gl/N3v4Pe] English Homework in primary school in Norway_______________________(fifth grade).



:: RT: Doing English Homework ▶ http://goo.gl/N3v4Pe ◀ with a 5th Grader, 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 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 their homework some meaning; I call this method: Learning English in Context.


Even the strong sometimes need the friendship of the weak.


Original Homework: Isolated New English words - Vocabulary

one mouse - en mus

two mice - to mus

a lion - en løve

be asleep - sove

to beg - å tigge

to nibble - bite forsiktig

to roar - å brøle


Modified Homework: English Vocabulary with Norwegian and Spanish translation

one mouse - en mus - un ratón

two mice - to mus - dos ratones

to lay asleep - å ligge og sove - dormir

to beg - å be - pedir

to nibble - å bite forsiktig - mordisquear

to roar - å brøle - rugir

a lion - en løve - un león

Original Instruction: You must write down all of the words above and learn six of them. Good luck!

My comments: Yeah, right, good luck.


Learning English - English in Use - English in Context:

1) A mouse was hurrying home through the tall grass.

2) Have you heard the tale of two bad mice?

3) A lion lay asleep on a sunny afternoon.

4) She caught this baby mouse this weekend and begged us to keep it.

5) The mouse began to nibble at the net with her sharp little teeth.

6) The lion roared in anger.

7) A lion trapped a mouse under his huge paw.


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


I use backward chaining to help children to remember longer strings of words. I also use videoclips to illustrate each sentence.


1) My little mouse spends all her pocket money on treats.

... treats.

... on treats.

... money on treats.

... pocket money on treats.

... her pocket money on treats.

... all her pocket money on treats.

... spends all her pocket money on treats.

... mouse spends all her pocket money on treats.

... little mouse spends all her pocket money on treats.

My little mouse spends all her pocket money on treats.


2) Have you heard the tale of two bad mice?

... mice?

... bad mice?

... two bad mice?

... of two bad mice?

... tale of two bad mice?

... the tale of two bad mice?

... heard the tale of two bad mice?

... you heard the tale of two bad mice?

Have you heard the tale of two bad mice?


3) It's crazy! He is laying next to two lions.

... lions.

... two lions.

... next to two lions.

... laying next to two lions.

... He is laying next to two lions.

... crazy! He is laying next to two lions.

It's crazy! He is laying next to two lions.

4) My cat is begging for some food.

... food.

... some food.

... for some food.

... begging for some food.

... is begging for some food.

... cat is begging for some food

My cat is begging for some food.

5) Hundreds of field mice began to nibble at the net with their sharp little teeth.

... teeth.

... little teeth.

... sharp little teeth.

... their sharp little teeth.

... with their sharp little teeth.

... the net with their sharp little teeth.

... at the net with their sharp little teeth.

... nibble at the net with their sharp little teeth.

... to nibble at the net with their sharp little teeth.

... began to nibble at the net with their sharp little teeth.

... mice began to nibble at the net with their sharp little teeth.

... field mice began to nibble at the net with their sharp little teeth.

Hundreds of field mice began to nibble at the net with their sharp little teeth.

6) The lion roared, wild, deep and loud.

... deep and loud.

... wild, deep and loud.

... roared, wild, deep and loud.

The lion roared, wild, deep and loud.

7) A lion trapped a mouse under his huge paw.

... paw.

... huge paw.

... his huge paw.

... under his huge paw.

... mouse under his huge paw.

... a mouse under his huge paw.

... trapped a mouse under his huge paw.

... lion trapped a mouse under his huge paw.

A lion trapped a mouse under his huge paw.


SHARE: FACEBOOK | TWITTER


"The Lion and The Mouse." PDF ::

The Lion and The Mouse, PDF - Official Website - BenjaminMadeira

Did you like this?

Comentario » Comments »»» Blogger Disqus

 
Top - Subir