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



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Educators are generally aware of the importance of using authentic texts reflecting real-world situations in the language classroom. Tarone & Swain (1995) argue that contextualized materials that reflect nonacademic settings are highly beneficial in the language classroom and increase student proficiency.


In the last few decades the shift from a teacher- to a student-centered classroom has increased the overall communicative competence of students studying a second language (L2). Educators now, more than ever, strive to create lively classes based on a communicative curriculum. Savignon (2002) believes that “a truly communicative curriculum is made up of five categories: language analysis, language for a purpose, personal second language use, second language use outside the classroom, and theater arts”.


Original Homework: Isolated New English words - Vocabulary

duty / duties - plikt / plikter
go shopping - handle
lawn - plen
dishes - oppvask
to tidy - å rydde
garbage - søppel
just - akkurat


Modified Homework: English Vocabulary with Norwegian and Spanish translation

duty / duties - plikt / plikter - deber
to go shopping - å handle
lawn - plen - cesped
to do the dishes - oppvask - lavar los trastos
to tidy - å rydde - arreglar
garbage - søppel - basura
just - akkurat - acabar de (hacer algo)

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) My duty is to help you.
(Mi deber es ayudarte.)

2) Let's go shopping. Let's buy a mouse. (Vamónos de compras. Compremos un ratón.)

3) Mow the lawn but be careful with the chickens. (Corta el cesped, pero ten cuidado con las gallinas.)

4) Helga doesn't want to do the dishes. (Helga no quiere lavar los trastos.)

5) After spending the whole morning doing housework, he looked around the tidy house with a feeling of satisfaction. (Después de pasar toda la mañana haciendo limpieza, él vio lo limpio que había quedado la casa y sintió una profunda satisfacción.)

6) See how the garbage turns into fuel for a car! (Mira cómo la basura se convierte en combustible para un automóvil.)

7) I just got a new brain. (Me acaban de poner un nuevo cerebro.)


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


1) My duty is to help you.

... you.

... help you.

... to help you.

My duty is to help you.

2) Let's go shopping. Let's buy a mouse.

... mouse.

... a mouse.

... buy a mouse.

... Let's buy a mouse.

... go shopping. Let's buy a mouse.

Let's go shopping. Let's buy a mouse.


3) Mow the lawn but be careful with the chickens.

... chickens.

... the chickens.

... careful with the chickens.

... be careful with the chickens.

... but be careful with the chickens.

Mow the lawn but be careful with the chickens.


4) Helga doesn't want to do the dishes.

... dishes.

... the dishes.

... to do the dishes.

... want to do the dishes.

... doesn't want to do the dishes.

Helga doesn't want to do the dishes.

5) After spending the whole morning doing housework, he looked around the tidy house with a feeling of satisfaction.

... satisfaction.

... a feeling of satisfaction.

... with a feeling of satisfaction.

... the tidy house with a feeling of satisfaction.

... he looked around the tidy house with a feeling of satisfaction.

... doing housework, he looked around the tidy house with a feeling of satisfaction.

... the whole morning doing housework, he looked around the tidy house with a feeling of satisfaction.

After spending the whole morning doing housework, he looked around the tidy house with a feeling of satisfaction.

6) See how the garbage turns into fuel for a car!

... car!

... a car!

... for a car!

... fuel for a car!

... garbage turns into fuel for a car!

... the garbage turns into fuel for a car!

See how the garbage turns into fuel for a car!

7) I just got a new brain.

... brain.

... new brain.

... a new brain.

... got a new brain.

... just got a new brain.

I just got a new brain.


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