Language learning in the Primary school

A critical aspect faced by researchers is the dissemination of their work so that it could be understood and accessible to a broader audience. Using the opportunity provided by Doctoral Academy, I prepared a video to showcase my research and its impact.

In less than 3 minutes, I had to be able to talk about the background, the data collection process, as well as present some findings and implication of my research. I decided to use animations and music in order to grab the attention of the general public, and distance itself from jargon and formal aspects of academic work.

My PhD project looks at the challenges that Chilean teachers of English face when teaching young learners, and strategies that could facilitate learning. In the last few decades, Chile, as well as a growing number of developing countries, is pursuing to incorporate English as a Foreign Language as part of its Primary Education compulsory curriculum.
The main assumption of this strategy is that teaching English to young learners (TEYL) in the public system gives them access to information, better job opportunities, and more intercultural experiences. Lots of resources have been invested; however, the results have been not as successful as expected. Then, what can be done to develop children’s potential for learning English from an early age at Chilean schools? I invite you to watch this video to find a possible answer to this question.

Feel free to follow me on Twitter @mjinostroza and if you have any questions do not hesitate to contact me at minostroza1@sheffield.ac.uk.

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