Case study investigation of a videoconferencing experiment in primary schools, teaching modern foreign languages
Pritchard, Alan (Alan M.), Hunt, Marilyn J. and Barnes, Ann, 1964-. (2010) Case study investigation of a videoconferencing experiment in primary schools, teaching modern foreign languages. Language Learning Journal, Vol.38 (No.2). pp. 209-220. ISSN 0957-1736Full text not available from this repository.
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09571731003790508
The MustLearnIT European-funded research project with partners in Greece, Poland, Cyprus, Finland and the UK aimed to investigate ways of teaching and learning modern foreign languages (MFL) to early learners in small/remote primary schools where there were no specialist MFL teachers. This was to be carried out through new technologies such as videoconferencing. In the UK, distance was less of a problem, whereas lack of linguistic expertise (subject knowledge and pedagogy) for primary school teachers was likely to prove more challenging, given the government's plan for all pupils in England to study a foreign language throughout Key Stage 2 (ages seven to 11) from 2010. This article firstly examines a number of background issues in teaching MFL in primary schools in England and reviews two UK-based projects from the emerging literature on videoconferencing. It then reports on the MustLearnIT project conducted in the UK, which investigated the use of secondary teachers to teach French to primary school children through videoconferencing, and explores the perceived benefits in terms of pupil learning and staff development. The MustLearnIT project findings suggested that this approach, making expert subject and pedagogical knowledge available through current technologies, can be effective. The article ends by considering implications for the future.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB1501 Primary Education
T Technology > T Technology (General)
|Divisions:||Faculty of Social Sciences > Institute of Education|
|Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH):||Videoconferencing, Language and languages -- Study and teaching (Elementary) -- Audio-visual aids -- Case studies, Teleconferencing in education -- Europe -- Case studies, Telecommunication in education -- Europe -- Case studies, Education, Primary|
|Journal or Publication Title:||Language Learning Journal|
|Page Range:||pp. 209-220|
|Access rights to Published version:||Restricted or Subscription Access|
|Funder:||European Commission (EC)|
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