The British council has published this free research report: English learning areas in pre-primary classrooms: an investigation of their effectiveness
There’s both theory and some good teaching ideas – see the play spiral on page 13.
Here is the blurb:
This research report presents an innovative approach to teaching English in pre-primary classrooms. The paper describes the development and implementation of the approach and evaluates the effectiveness of its key feature, the English learning area (ELA). The report and its appendices include the detailed lesson plans and copies of the teaching materials used successfully in the study. These resources, together with the description of the approach, will be of interest to teachers wishing to develop their own practice in teaching English in pre-primary classrooms.
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