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The Role of Play: A literature study on playful learning in the early elementary EFL classroom
Dalarna University, School of Education, Health and Social Studies, Educational Work.
2017 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Young students learn through active and playful encounters with their environment.

The Curriculum for Compulsory School (Lgr11) states the importance of play in students’ active learning. The aim of this thesis is to investigate the role that has been ascribed to play in research on early English language learning. The main questions address how play can be used to promote language learning in the early primary English as a Foreign Language (EFL) classroom and other methods teachers may use that benefit students’ language development. The method used for this thesis is a systematic literature review with a qualitative approach. Six studies were included in the analysis. The analysis shows that playful methods of teaching can help the teacher to develop students’ English skills. Research has shown that playful encounters during language learning help students feel more motivated and dedicated to learning a foreign language. The results indicate the importance of the teacher having knowledge regarding what is being taught, how it is supposed to be learned, and why it is meaningful for the students in their own personal language development. Based on the thesis results further research is needed to understand the teachers’ methods of teaching English as a Foreign Language in the early primary classroom.

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2017.
Keyword [en]
English language learning, second language learning, play, games, Elementary school, EFL, Elementary school, Elementary teaching, and Class Activities.
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Pedagogical Work
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URN: urn:nbn:se:du-25098OAI: oai:DiVA.org:du-25098DiVA: diva2:1105649
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Available from: 2017-06-05 Created: 2017-06-05

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