The project PC-G.A.M.E. (Guiding Activities and Methods for Teaching English to Pre-Primary Children) concerns the study of English at an early age, preschool level, aiming at improving the learning process and the educational process itself in the partner institutions; this project also aims at the alignment with the European educational policy regarding the study of a foreign language at an early age.
In order to improve the
efficiency of learning English process, during the first project year we
developed activities that raised the children's motivation and strengthened
both preschoolers' and teachers' linguistic competences. We organized English
lessons using games on the interactive board, games that were designed for the
active learning of this language, which were later on gathered on a DVD, one of
the project's final products. The preschoolers also participated to
videoconferences, during which they had short conversations in English with the
children from partner institutions, on different themes, practicing thus the
knowledge and the vocabulary they previously studied; these videoconferences
helped them have a better understanding of concepts such as intercultural
dialogue, cultural and linguistic diversity, and also underlined the necessity
of establishing a common chanel for communication, in a context in which the
contact between people of different nationalities is frequent. At the same
time, in order to improve learning results, we developed English classroom
activities using interactive group methods, which are presented in this
The link to the brochure is here:
The study of English as a foreign language at pre-primary level- theoretical approach
In order to benefit from ELL, the children need to have a natural contact with the language, they need to use it in both an active and passive/ receptive way. At a foreign language lesson with young learners, no matter which method we use, we come across the same problem: children tend to rely on the patterns of their native tongue (which they are also learning to use correctly). On the other hand, once they learn a few words, they are ready to communicate. Poems and songs are extremely useful, as well as fairy-tells, short plays, cartoons and any kind of visual materials. Also, the use of information technologies plays a very important role in foreign language teaching because it raises the motivation and helps generate a pleasant atmosphere in the classroom.
The use of games in the educational process encourages very young learners to sustain their interest and motivation, helping the teacher to create contexts in which language is useful and meaningful. At this age motivation is easy to gain, but also easy to lose. Considering preschoolers do not have the ability to read or write, the process of learning must focus on listening and speaking.
An other final product of the project is the TEACHER'S GUIDE. To be able to access the information just click the links below:
Final results: Teacher´s guide and workbook
Our last productions are the work during one school year in two books. One for teachers in preprimary and second for the pupils, a workbook with some activities. both books have been designed by the teams from our 3 partner institutions.
Teacher´s guide is a book with lesson plans for some themes, This is me, my family, the four seassons, fruits and vegetables, the animal world and my kindergarten/school.
workbook is a proposal full of activities for these 6 themes.
workbook with covers link: https://www.dropbox.com/s/q5f0ay5l54p8ify/workbook.pdf?dl=0