— [http://goo.gl/MahTPg] English Homework in primary school in Norway_______________________(3th grade).
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.
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: English in Use.
duckling - andunge
calf - kalv
piglet - grisunge
lamb - lam
puppy - valp
kitten - kattunge
duckling - andunge - patito
calf - kalv - ternero
piglet - grisunge - lechón / cerdito
lamb - lam - cordero
puppy - valp – cachorro / perrito
kitten - kattunge - gatito / gatita
Original Instruction: You can learn at least four of them.
1) My cat takes care of the ducklings.
2) The calf is learning to walk.
3) Those piglets are sleeping.
4) Sofia has a little lamb that likes dancing.
5) I got a cute puppy that wants to play.
6) My kittens met my puppies yesterday for the first time.
Learning English deeply - English in Use - English in Context:
Mi gata cuida a los patitos.
Katten min passer på andungene.
... the ducklings.
... care of the ducklings.
... takes care of the ducklings.
My cat takes care of the ducklings.
El ternero está aprendiendo a caminar.
Kalven holder på å lære å gå.
... to walk.
... learning to walk.
... is learning to walk.
The calf is learning to walk.
Esos lechones están durmiendo.
De grisungene ligger der og sover.
... are sleeping.
... piglets are sleeping.
Those piglets are sleeping.
Sofia tiene un cordero que le gusta bailar.
Sofia har et lam som liker å danse.
... likes dancing.
... that likes dancing.
... lamb that likes dancing.
... a little lamb that likes dancing.
... has a little lamb that likes dancing.
Sofia has a little lamb that likes dancing.
Tengo un perrito chulo que quiere jugar.
Jeg har en søt valp som vil leke.
... to play.
... wants to play.
... puppy that wants to play.
... cute puppy that wants to play.
... a cute puppy that wants to play.
... got a cute puppy that wants to play.
I got a cute puppy that wants to play.
Mis gatitos se encontraron con mis perritos por primera vez.
kattungene mine traff valpene mine i går for første gang.
... first time.
... for the first time.
... yesterday for the first time.
... my puppies yesterday for the first time.
... met my puppies yesterday for the first time.
... kittens met my puppies yesterday for the first time.
My kittens met my puppies yesterday for the first time.