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Design of Project Activities in Elementary English Classes and Its Application

  • Modern English Education
  • Abbr : MEESO
  • 2008, 9(1), pp.214-236
  • Publisher : The Modern English Education Society
  • Research Area : Humanities > English Language and Literature > English Language Teaching

김혜원 1 Sueung-Min Lee 2

1느리울초등학교
2청주교육대학교

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ABSTRACT

A project approach to language teaching provides a powerful methodology for involving students in an authentic learning experience with language used for genuine communicative purposes. It is student-centered, and it takes the experience of the classroom out into the world. This study attempted to implement the project approach in elementary English classes. In this study, project activities for elementary English teaching were designed according to the communicative language teaching principles (topics, functions, exponents, vocabulary, and activities). Three types of teaching and learning procedures were developed in order to apply the project activities to elementary English classes (individual, small group, and integrated projects). Through this study, it is believed that project activities help students raise basic communicative competence and bring opportunities for students to develop their confidence and independence and to work together in a real-world environment by collaborating on a task which they have defined for themselves and which has not been externally imposed. Project activities can also draw together students of mixed ability and create opportunities for individuals to contribute in ways which reflect their different talents and creativity.

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