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Use of storybooks at primary English teaching to address interculturalism

Sara Jurčič (2019) Use of storybooks at primary English teaching to address interculturalism. MSc thesis.

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    Nowadays it is not enough for a teacher of foreign language to just teach students the target language. In modern world we often encounter intolerance and rasism. It is important that teachers start developing cultural sensitivity from early ages and for teachers to introduce different cultures and differences among them to their students. Teachers are mostly aware of this problem, but when it comes to teaching culture they encounter a number of issues, regarding the use of materials and choosing an appropriate approach. Teaching through stories dates back to a time before the writing was even invented. People used stories to transfer their knowledge and information. Stories are a very effective teaching tool because they open a whole new world to young students. Stories can create a safe environment for students and can also help to motivate them for foreign language learning. Through stories children can also acquire knowledge and informations about different cultures. Teachers can use storybased approach to shed a positive light on multiculturalism and tolerance. The aim of the action research was to research the use of storybooks at primary English level to address interculturalism. There were 17 students of a language learning institution, aged 8-10 that participated in my research. They are in their second year of learning English. The research was conducted during 7 lessons in March and April, 2019. We obtained the answers to the research questions on the basis of triangulation of techniques and resources, namely questionnaires, observations and interviews. Before conducting the lessons, the students filled out a questionnaire. For the story-based approach I chose two stories (Whoever you are and Something Else). After each individual lesson I filled out a self-evaluation questionnaire, after the lessons we conducted a short interwiev with the students and compared them with the informations we gathered before the lessons in the questionnaires. The results of the research show that the main goal was achieved – we managed to develop a positive attitude towards story-based approach to address interculturalism.

    Item Type: Thesis (MSc thesis)
    Keywords: Multiculturalism, teaching English, story-based approach, stories, primary, school
    Number of Pages: 75
    Language of Content: Slovenian
    Mentor / Comentors:
    Mentor / ComentorsIDFunction
    doc. dr. Mateja Dagarin FojkarMentor
    Link to COBISS: https://plus.si.cobiss.net/opac7/bib/peflj/12472137
    Institution: University of Ljubljana
    Department: Faculty of Education
    Item ID: 5776
    Date Deposited: 18 Jun 2019 14:14
    Last Modified: 18 Jun 2019 14:14
    URI: http://pefprints.pef.uni-lj.si/id/eprint/5776

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