Wednesday, March 18, 2015

I'm an Animal!

This is our last project about animals made in grade 4 in the School Pau Vila (Esparreguera).

With our Language Assistants of the Sharing to Learn Project (good English speakers students from our nearest High Schools), children spoke a lot about classification of animals, animal groups, characteristics, habitats, abilities, etc.

We did a lot of activities around it: we played games, we watched animal videos, we sung songs, we drew and colored, we wrote descriptions,  ... but, above all we spoke a lot in English, and we recorded our voices!

The final display is still in the school corridor!

Hope you like it!

Saturday, March 14, 2015

How to celebrate St Patrick's day in the School

March the 17th. St Patrick's day. 

Are you thinking of celebrating this Irish festivity in the school but you need some quick ideas?

Some arts and crafts? or word games? Decorations?

Why don't you try this page? I've been using this for long and it is great!

But if you want to extend a little bit more here I give you some other possibilities ... 

St Patrick's Day is a fun holiday which is celebrated by the Irish people around the world. How much do you know about the history of St Patrick's day?

Saturday, March 07, 2015

How Children Learn Language

I was amazed by this short lecture by Professor Steven Pinker in which he deduces the nature of language acquisition by examining the generative use of grammar in children.

Some of the ideas you will find here are:
  • Children are Hard-Wired with Universal Grammar 
  • Children create sentences unheard from adults 
  • As an example: the way of how children assimilate rules of grammar unconsciously from the moment they begin to speak, by the use of the past tense rule. 
  • Chomsky claimed that children solved the problem of language acquisition by having the general design of language already wired into them in the form of a universal grammar, a spec sheet for what the rules of any language have to look like.
Steven Pinker calls Noam Chomsky 'a pen and paper theoretician', while Chomsky criticises Pinker's 'terrible reasoning'. Pinker is further testing Chomsky's controversial language theory on children.

From the video

The controversy is there! What do you think about?

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Australian Animals: A Short Project in the English Class

This project was carried out during the second term of the school year 2014-2015 in the school Pau Vila (Esparreguera – Barcelona) by the students of grade 6.

In this project the following subjects where directly involved:
  • English as a second language (third language in Catalonia!) 
  • Art 
  • Geography 
  • Social studies 
  • Sport 
  • Literacy 
The linguistic goals of this project were mainly focused on productive communicative skills (writing and speaking), as well as on one of the receptive skills (reading comprehension).

But we considered other “social skills” such as how to work with other people, how to share work, how to appreciate the work of others, how to work alone… To use scissors, to design a neat page, to use a variety of ICT tools or dictionaries, creativity, structure and organization …

Have a look at the Power Point to know a little bit more about the Outcome on Australian Animals.