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The use of the tpr as a didactic approach in english in the second cycle of the primary school

Vanja Guček (2013) The use of the tpr as a didactic approach in english in the second cycle of the primary school. MSc thesis.

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    In the teoretical part I introduce various psychological and pedagogical perspectives on learning and language acquisition (behaviorism, nativism, cognitivism, constructivism, model control) and today most commonly used didactic approaches in foreign language teaching to young learners (Audio-Lingual Approach, Communication Approach, CLIL (Content and Language Integrated Learning), Natural Approach, a Story Based Approach and Total Physical Response). Teachers use a variety of approaches in teaching English as a foreign language (EFL) and one of them is Total Physical Response (TPR), which is presented in greater details. TPR is based on the premise that children learn foreign languages best through physical movement. Further on, there are examples of TPR games, TPR (action) songs and rhymes and TPR storytelling (TPRS). The empirical part presents the research on the following issues: whether teachers of EFL in the second cycle of the primary school, between the various approaches available to them, use the TPR as a didactic approach and how often, which TPR activity is used most often, how teachers rate the importance of movement in learning EFL and what are the benefits and restrictions of the TPR noticed by teachers who teach EFL. The study shows that teachers of English in the second cycle of the primary school use the TPR activities, that they use these activities more frequently in the lower grades and that they have a positive attitude to the TPR as a didactic approach. The findings also point out that the frequency of using the TPR as a didactic approach in EFL teaching in the second triad is influenced by the teachers’ perceptions of the importance of the movement and the texbook used in the class, while the age and the teachers’ education do not affect the frequency of using the TPR as a didactic approach in EFL teaching. The results of the research can have a considerable impact on the teaching approaches of EFL in primary schools. It is important that teachers are aware of the significance of physical activity for students in the foreign language classes as this contributes foreign language learning development.

    Item Type: Thesis (MSc thesis)
    Keywords: Total Physical Responce, learning and teaching of foreign languages, English, kinaesthetic type of student, language-teaching approaches
    Number of Pages: 125
    Language of Content: Slovenian
    Mentor / Comentors:
    Mentor / ComentorsIDFunction
    izr. prof. dr. Karmen PižornMentor
    izr. prof. dr. Janez VogrincComentor
    Link to COBISS: http://www.cobiss.si/scripts/cobiss?command=search&base=50126&select=(ID=9997641)
    Institution: University of Ljubljana
    Department: Faculty of Education
    Item ID: 2055
    Date Deposited: 28 Feb 2014 12:27
    Last Modified: 14 Nov 2015 07:46
    URI: http://pefprints.pef.uni-lj.si/id/eprint/2055

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