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Article

Fostering a Foreign Language That Speaks to Children

Publication: Tomorrow's Child, vol. 10, no. 5

Pages: 28–31

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Abstract/Notes: Includes sidebar profile of Lake Mary Montessori Academy, Lake Mary, FL

Language: English

ISSN: 1071-6246

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Montessori Method for Strengthening Communication Skills in English as a Foreign Language in Young Children / Método Montessori para el Fortalecimiento de las Habilidades de Comunicación en Inglés como Lengua Extranjera en Niños Pequeños

Available from: European Journal of English Language Teaching

Publication: European Journal of English Language Teaching, vol. 7, no. 1

Pages: 104-126

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Abstract/Notes: This work aims to strengthen the communication skills in English as a Foreign Language of young children in Ecuadorian elementary schools. It used the action research method and a combination of qualitative and quantitative research approaches. The sample consists of 10 children of the second grade of elementary school and their parents. All they have permanent residence in the province of Manabi, Ecuador. The researcher team designed an educational intervention based on the Montessori Methodology to improve participants’ communication skills in English as a Foreign Language. The educational intervention lasted 6 months and used the contains of the second grade of the elementary education curriculum of Ecuador. The instruments used for data collection were in-deep interviews, class observation, and the vocabulary acquisition test of Windi (2017). The results showed that all participants improved in 3-4 points their scores of English communication skills from pre-test in comparison to post-test. It concluded that 100% of young children that participated in this research improved their communication skills in English as a Foreign Language when supported the instruction with Montessori Methodology. / Este trabajo tiene como objetivo fortalecer las habilidades de comunicación en inglés como lengua extranjera de los niños pequeños en las escuelas primarias ecuatorianas. Utilizó el método de investigación de acción y una combinación de enfoques de investigación cualitativos y cuantitativos. La muestra está compuesta por 10 niños del segundo grado de primaria y sus padres. Todos ellos tienen residencia permanente en la provincia de Manabí, Ecuador. El equipo de investigadores diseñó una intervención educativa basada en la Metodología Montessori para mejorar las habilidades comunicativas de los participantes en inglés como lengua extranjera. La intervención educativa tuvo una duración de 6 meses y utilizó los contenidos del segundo grado del currículo de educación básica del Ecuador. Los instrumentos utilizados para la recolección de datos fueron entrevistas en profundidad, observación de clases y la prueba de adquisición de vocabulario de Wendi (2017). Los resultados mostraron que todos los participantes mejoraron en 3-4 puntos sus puntajes de habilidades de comunicación en inglés desde la prueba previa en comparación con la prueba posterior. Se concluyó que el 100% de los niños pequeños que participaron en esta investigación mejoraron sus habilidades comunicativas en inglés como lengua extranjera cuando se apoyó en la instrucción con la Metodología Montessori.

Language: English

DOI: 10.46827/ejel.v7i1.3987

ISSN: 2501-7136

Article

Widening Horizons: Why Foreign Languages are Good for Children with Communication Difficulties

Publication: Montessori International, vol. 79

Pages: 40–41

Bilingualism, Children with disabilities, Inclusive education, People with disabilities

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Language: English

ISSN: 1470-8647

Article

Three Period Learning for a Foreign Language

Publication: Montessori Courier, vol. 3, no. 2

Pages: 16–17

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Language: English

ISSN: 0959-4108

Article

Becoming and Being the Foreign Language Specialist in Your Classroom [preview of presentation at 2001 summer conference]

Publication: AMI Elementary Alumni Association Newsletter, vol. 33, no. 3

Pages: 7

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Language: English

Master's Thesis (Action Research Report)

Increasing Student Motivation in a Foreign Language Classroom Through Mindfulness

Available from: St. Catherine University

Action research

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Abstract/Notes: The purpose of this study was to explore how mindfulness practices help increase motivation in high school students in a foreign language classroom. This study was conducted at a small school in an urban area in Texas. Nineteen students between the ninth and tenth grades were the participants in this research. The data collection included a pre and post motivational questionnaire that helped identify how motivated the students felt in the classroom. Data was collected on each participant through weekly self-assessments. The results of this action research showed that the implementation of mindfulness practices helped to increase the motivation of the students in the high school Spanish class. The action research project was conducted at the beginning of the second semester of the school year with a duration of four weeks.

Language: English

Published: St. Paul, Minnesota, 2020

Book

English as a Foreign Language in the Montessori Classroom

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Abstract/Notes: The Montessori Method was developed in the early 1900s by an Italian medical doctor named Maria Montessori. Though there are Montessori schools around the world, there is little published about teaching a foreign or second language in a Montessori environment.Matt Bronsil has been working in Taiwan for over a decade and shares his experience and expertise of teaching English as a foreign language in a Montessori 3-6 year old environment. This book looks at:--Understanding the Montessori Method.--Evaluating the needs of your students and school.--Philosophy of teaching a foreign language.--Teaching oral communication skills.--Teaching writing and reading.--Advanced reading skills for this age.This book is an excellent tool not only for the foreign teacher in Montessori settings, but anyone that works with young children, teacher or parent, who want more tools to help children develop their language skills. [Formerly Titled "Bringing a Foreign Language Into Your Montessori 3-6 Classroom"]

Language: English

Published: S.I.: Independently published, 2020

ISBN: 9798552667826

Article

Estela Palmieri on Foreign Language

Publication: AMI Elementary Alumni Association Newsletter, vol. 10, no. 2

Pages: insert

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Abstract/Notes: Lecture, AMI-EAA Conference, Asilomar, CA, June 22, 1982

Language: English

Article

Montessori Language Materials and Impact on Preschoolers' Language Development in Early Childhood Care and Development Centres (ECCDC) in Lagos State Nigeria

Available from: University of Lagos Library (Nigeria)

Publication: African Journal of Education and Behavioural Sciences, vol. 1, no. 1

Pages: 78-91

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Abstract/Notes: Languagge is one of the facilities that Preschoolers acquire in their early years and this is made possible by the interaction that they have with their environments - be it home, school where they grow and interact. To acquire language and develop vocabularies for communication, Montessori Language materials become invaluable tools for building and enhancing language versatility among preschoolers. Montessori materials like Large and Small Movable Alphabet boxes help in word building, while word lists help in vocabulary acquisition on a large scale. The study adopted descriptive survey and Quazi-experimental design. Four ECCDC were selected for the study; out of which two were used as experimental classes while the other two were used as control group. A total of 286 pupils from Lagos Education District 4 and 6 constituted the sample for the study. The treatment group was exposed to teaching and learning using the Montessori Language Materials (Large and Small Movable Alphabet boxes, word lists, phrases and sentence cards, etc.). The control group was also exposed to teaching and learning using the conventional instructional strategy. Instruments used for data collection were Public School Teachers' Questionnaire (PSTQ) and Pupils' Language Achievement Worksheets (PLAW). Data collected were analyzed using descriptive and inferential statistics such as simple percentages, mean and standard deviation, whilst independent t-test and ANCOVA were used to test the hypotheses formulated. The study revealed that majority of the teachers in the study had no adequate preparation for the level of education where they teach; that the pupils that had practical sessions using Montessori Language Materials performed better in spelling, word building and reading activities and had larger number of vocabulary acquisition than their peers in the control group. The study also revealed that most of the teachers had no Montessori training and as such, they were unable to implement Montessori methods in their classrooms. Therefore, the recommendations include: that teachers should make the learning of language more practical by the use of diverse instructional materials that are age appropriate and allow pupils the opportunity to find out things for themselves. In addition, professional preparation of the early years' teachers should be extensive as to embrace and inculcate best practices in the course of their training so that they can be skillful and resourceful in dispensing their duties in the classrooms.

Language: English

ISSN: 2536-7382

Master's Thesis (Action Research Report)

The Effects of Sign Language on Second Language Acquisition

Available from: St. Catherine University

Action research

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Abstract/Notes: This action research project examined the effects of sign language on the ability of primary students to learn new Spanish vocabulary in a bilingual Montessori classroom. The research took place at a public charter Montessori school in Washington, District of Columbia. Twenty-seven primary school aged children were included in this seven-week study. Sources of data collection included a parent-teacher questionnaire, a baseline assessment, daily observation logs, a daily checklist, a weekly journal, and a summative assessment. Students were grouped by Spanish fluency and taught eight different vocabulary words in Spanish. Half of the words were taught alongside a sign in American Sign Language and the other half were taught without an accompanying sign. The summative assessment data showed that students of all ages displayed a significant increase in their ability to recall new Spanish vocabulary words that were introduced with an accompanying sign in American Sign Language. Future research could examine the roles of sign language and gesturing in helping children recall vocabulary in the long-term.

Language: English

Published: St. Paul, Minnesota, 2016

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