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Analysis of science topics of astronomy, water cycle, and weather in the English coursebooks in the 4th and 5th grade of primary school

Manca Lipoglavšek (2018) Analysis of science topics of astronomy, water cycle, and weather in the English coursebooks in the 4th and 5th grade of primary school. MSc thesis.

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    Children in Slovenia start learning English in the second grade of primary school. They soon learn about interdisciplinarity. By learning a foreign language, they discuss contents that appear at other school subjects as well. Interdisciplinarity is an important principle of the foreign language curriculum for the second and third grade and at the same time represents one of the main characteristics of the content and language integrated learning, the CLIL method. Lessons of a specific subject are taught in a foreign language; however, objectives of both subjects are in the forefront. The CLIL method is integral and is suited for the cognitive development of pupils, it promotes their interest in multilingualism and forms multicultural understanding. CLIL is very useful for teaching natural sciences because it helps pupils understand the world around them. Teachers of a foreign language use textbooks mainly from the fourth grade on. These are important for both teachers as well as students since they include discussed contents defined by the subject syllabus for each primary school grade. They often include tasks meant for knowledge acquisition and revision. Besides textbooks, teachers also use other course material for teaching in which they can find examples of different tasks, picture etc. In this master’s degree thesis, we wanted to research the degree and the way of presenting specific natural science topics in English textbooks. We were also interested in the approach of teaching specific lesson content and testing the pupils’ knowledge of it. For this purpose, we chose textbooks according to the natural science content analysis of textbooks for the 4th and 5th grade in which astronomy, circulation of water in the nature and weather topics are presented. Tasks involving the aforementioned topics were categorized on the basis of the specified criteria. The analysis showed the shortage of natural science content in English textbooks or even the absence of it. At the same time the topics are more suitable for the subject environmental education in the first triad. The formation of lesson plans for chosen contents of English lessons in the 4th and 5th grade shows that the teacher should follow the guidelines for teaching lessons of natural sciences as well as CLIL lessons. The assessment of the chosen contents should be formative, at the end of each lesson. The findings will help to raise awareness of the lack of natural science contents in English lessons in the fourth and fifth grade and will provide guidelines for teaching them.

    Item Type: Thesis (MSc thesis)
    Keywords: science and technology, English as a foreign language, analysis of textbooks, content and language integrated learning
    Number of Pages: 87
    Language of Content: Slovenian
    Mentor / Comentors:
    Mentor / ComentorsIDFunction
    doc. dr. Jerneja PavlinMentor
    doc. dr. Mateja Dagarin FojkarComentor
    Link to COBISS: http://www.cobiss.si/scripts/cobiss?command=search&base=50126&select=(ID=12015689)
    Institution: University of Ljubljana
    Department: Faculty of Education
    Item ID: 5092
    Date Deposited: 05 Jun 2018 07:35
    Last Modified: 05 Jun 2018 07:35
    URI: http://pefprints.pef.uni-lj.si/id/eprint/5092

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