Often in Taiwan, elementary students learn passively within the English language classroom. The learning environment is static and students appear to be shy, quiet and intimidated. Nevertheless, once outside the classroom, they become energetic, physical active and talkative. Young children's characteristics might need to be considered in a language classroom to maximize their engagement in learning. Providing multiple ways to learn and the elements of songs and body movements might bring improvement to their learning. This study aims to explore the effect of the integration of songs, jazz chants, body movements and DIY activities in elementary English lessons on students' learning outcome in a four-day English summer camp. Twenty-two Grade 2 to Grade 6 students participated in this study. A pre-test and a post-test of the learning content were given at the beginning and at the end of the camp. The results showed significant improvement in reading, speaking and writing.
Lim-Ha Chan, Wenzao Ursuline University of Languages, Taiwan
Stream: Language education
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