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ERIC Number: EJ1034339
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Jul
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0951-0893
Taking Play Seriously in the Pre-Primary English Classroom
Mourão, Sandie
ELT Journal, v68 n3 p254-264 Jul 2014
Drawing on experience and the emerging results of a research project, this article examines the role of play, in particular child-initiated play, when learning languages in pre-primary settings. It begins by characterizing play and highlights the importance of a balanced relationship between adult-led and child-initiated play activities. It proposes that English learning areas might facilitate child-initiated play in the target language, and analyses the relationship between adult-led and child-initiated play, consequently outlining a possible format and its components: structure, role, and script. Analysis of a teacher-led activity with a group of children demonstrates how this format supports children in later child-initiated play. Excerpts from observations of children in English learning areas exemplify how teacher-led instruction can enable child-initiated play. The article concludes with a discussion around the implications for practice in pre-primary EFL settings.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Preschool Education; Early Childhood Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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