Technology and Language Development - Working with preparatory classes

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Publication Conference Paper, peer reviewed
Title Technology and Language Development - Working with preparatory classes
Author(s) Hartsmar, Nanny ; Sandström, Maria
Date 2007-10-05
English abstract
Pupils from classes with recently arrived immigrants, most of them with Arabic as mother tongue, were invited to School of Teacher Education to take part in technological workshops with practical problem solving tasks. Technology course students acted as teachers and observers. Their tasks varied from time to time which gave the students a chance to try different roles. The pupils, 8-15 years old, had no former experience of Technology. The project included five days when we had one class in the morning and another class in the afternoon. The days were spread out so the pupils had a week for following up and text preparation between the workshops. The activities were varied and included construction of boats, parachutes and moving figures. We also had one workshop with simple electricity and one with Lego, something that is very common in Swedish children’s lives, but completely new for the children in the project. The project was documented by tape recording conversations, students’ observations and texts written by the pupils. These texts were sometimes written in home language and translated to Swedish as part of language training in the ordinary classroom. The aim of the project was to stimulate the pupil’s development in both Swedish and Technology by using conversation, co-operative work and authentic text writing. Another aim was to support and challenge the students’ capability to plan, and to teach in a way that develops both the language and the subject.
Publisher Malmö högskola, Lärarutbildningen
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) Preparatory classes
Second language development
Humanities/Social Sciences
Note CiCe Nordic 5/10-2007, Teacher Education, Malmö University
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