2.1 Introducing the meaning of language arts and its role in English language learning and teaching in the primary classroom
What is Language Arts?
Language Arts forms can be found in:
Language arts activities can be introduced to students at a very early age
2.1.1 All participants try to go online and find some songs that are good for learning English, e.g. some "Oldies", scout songs, kiddies songs with music. Look for files in MIDI or MP3 format, try downloading for class use. Be careful, the files might be covered by Copyright protections. (MP3 is a performance recording, MIDI is like a digital music score.) Can also be used for Campus Broadcast programmes e.g. Songs dedication
Ref: ELT Sites
2.2 Introducing different types of IT-supported language arts resources, including educational software and materials on the InternetDiscussion:
Note that IT-supported resources cannot work effectively on their own. They must be aided by teachers, with them as facilitators, promoters, supporters, monitors and evaluators, etc.
Thus, choosing appropriate IT-supported language resources is very important for teachers. The points above are a good reference for choosing IT based resources.Types of IT devices:
How to find these resources?
Ask participants to share (very briefly) what they are using in their teaching practice. The instructor records good resources on the whiteboard for participants to copy if necessary.
Participants can try other search terms.Alternatively, you may go to http://www.hkpl.gov.hk/index.html
What is the difference between search in this way and from the library catalogue system?
(From the library catalogue system, we can have detailed information about the resources, including the loan status, whereas the database system only provide the name of the resources.)
Participants choose ONE IT-supported language art resource from the public resources catalogue and shares with the class. If all the participants are very familiar with using the HK Public Libraries website, this can be skipped.
The site is useful because all the resources can be obtained without copyright concerns and the format is simple and useful.Appendix: A list of poems, rhymes and prose for youngsters at HK Public Libraries.
Participant can choose ONE IT-supported language art resource from the public resources catalogue and share with the class
There are many, general-purpose search engines on the Web that can be used to locate on-line language arts resources.Popular Search Engines:
Try Google, www.google.com/
What are your search terms?
For example, <children rhymes>, <children song>, <children short story> (Young learners...)
However, poorly selected search terms can result in too many links, few of them actually useful, wasting a lot of time for little reward.
Some techniques for searching on the Internet:
Try searching for <children rhymes>, <children song>, <childrenshort story> again, but use the techniques to narrowing down the search.
Go to http://www.eastoftheweb.com/short-stories/indexframe.html and select <children's>.
You will find a lot of good and short (sample) stories for children.
There is a <Teacher Forum> where you will find questions and suggested activities.
Participants are now introduced to a convenient web site for children, where they will find writings and pictures in journalistic style particularly for kids.
The web site is
Try this one. Go wherever you like.
What do you find? (Class report)
Jokes, news, music...
For all on-line resources, take care not to infringe the copyright. Other than this, you can use them freely.
2.3 Using and adapting IT supported language arts resources for the enhancement of language learning, the promotion of communication skills, critical thinking skills and creativity and discussing ways of integrating them in the school curriculum
With reference to the English Language Education KLA Curriculum Guide (2002), "increasing motivation" is discussed under the short-term strategies for development (1.4.1). Increasing motivation is very important because language learning is often seen as "boring", and thus engaging students' interest is essential to achieving a good learning effect.
The Curriculum Guide suggested some ways of increasing motivation. Those relevant to IT supported learning are:
- the use of IT (e.g. writing e-greeting cards, interactive story-reading and games) for both junior primary and senior primary school students, teachers may create more opportunities for them to use IT in language communication. Sending e-greeting cards, making small jokes on a school web, uploading a class picture with caption on the web, etc. can be very interesting.
1. Use E-cards as a means to deliver a poem (suitable for KS1 and KS2)
Check if the participants would like to try sending an e-greeting card. Tutor briefly demonstrates. The message in the card can be language items that students can explore.
e.g. For Birthdays, Christmas, Invitation to a party, Thank you, Chinese New Year, Congratulations, Father's Day, Mother's Day...