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Early Foreign Language Learning

Code: 68111
ECTS: 2.0
Lecturers in charge: prof. dr. sc. Gloria Vickov
Lecturers: dr. sc. Eva Jakupčević - Seminar
Take exam: Studomat

1. komponenta

Lecture typeTotal
Lectures 15
Seminar 15
* Load is given in academic hour (1 academic hour = 45 minutes)
Introducing students to the basic postulates related to early EFL, with a special emphasis on the current Croatian educational context and the role of Croatian as L1.
1.The most common misunderstandings and basic empirical truths about foreign
(English) language learning and teaching at an early school age (2L)
2. Seminar assignments and guidelines concerning the performance of students' oral
presentations of seminar papers (the most common misunderstandings and basic
empirical truths about foreign (English) language learning and teaching at an early
school age (2S)
3. Benefits of early (E)FL learning (2L)
4. Benefits of early (E)FL learning (2S)
5. Piaget and early FL learning theories (1L)
6. "Younger and older learners" (1S)
7. Vygotsky and early FL learning theories (1L)
8. "Children learning English as a FL" (1S)
9. Mother tongue and early FL learning (1L)
10. "Code-Switching in the Young Learner Classroom" (1S)
11. Vocabulary learning (1L)
12. "Young learners: how do they remember vocabulary?" (1S)
13. Grammar learning (1L)
14. "Should we teach children grammar?" (1S)
15. Developing literacy in EFL (1L)
16. "To write or not to write in the first grade- that is the question!" (1S)
17. The role of stories in early EFL teaching (1L)
18. "Learners'own cultural identity in early EFL" (1S)
19. Topic-based teaching and learning (1L)
20. "The teacher's role: what is its significance in early LL?" (1S)
21. Extralinguistic context in early EFL (1L)
22. "Out-of-school factors - the home" (1S)
23. Preliminary exam (test) (1L + 1S)
24. Analysis of the preliminary exam results and student evaluation (1L + 1S)
Learning outcomes:
  1. Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to: - define the fundamental postulates of the contemporary theories of (foreign) language learning and teaching at an early school age
  2. explain the role of the mother tongue (L1) in the process of early EFL teaching and learning
  3. explain the differences between the processes of language acquisition and language learning
  4. explain the benefits of early EFL learning
  5. explain the differences and characteristics of FL learning and teaching with young learners, teenagers and adults
  6. relate the basic characteristics of young language learners with the appropriate EFL teaching and learning methods and techniques with respect to the four language skills, grammar, vocabulary, L1 use, story-telling, topic-based learning, task-based learning and the role of L1 (Croatian) culture in the process of early EFL
  1. Teaching Languages to Young Learners, , Cameron, L., Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2001.
  2. Children and Foreign Languages III., , Vrhovac, Y. (ed.), Zagreb: Faculty of Philosophy, University of Zagreb., 2001.
  3. Vaše dijete i jezik, , Vilke, M., Zagreb: Školska knjiga, 1991.
Optional literature:
  1. How Languages are learned., , Lightbown, P.M. & Spada, N., Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1999.
  2. Children Learning English: A Guidebook for English Language Teachers., , Moon, J., Oxford: Macmillan, 2005.
8. semester
MODUL 1: Rano učenje stranoga jezika (8. semestar) - Regular studij - Teacher Education
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