Vol. 21 No. 2 (2018): Anno XXI, 2-2018
Articles

An English Island methodology: didactic strategies for learning English in Italian primary schools

Davide Capperucci
Ricercatore di Pedagogia sperimentale – Università degli Studi di Firenze
Robert Frank Muzzi
British School of Pistoia
Elena Niccolai
British School of Pistoia
Published February 14, 2019
Keywords
  • teaching and learning foreign languages,
  • didactic strategies,
  • competences,
  • An English Island methodology
How to Cite
Capperucci, D., Muzzi, R. F., & Niccolai, E. (2019). An English Island methodology: didactic strategies for learning English in Italian primary schools. Studi Sulla Formazione/Open Journal of Education, 21(2), 125-145. https://doi.org/10.13128/Studi_Formaz-24661

Abstract

In Italian primary schools the educational approach to teaching and learning foreign languages must be increasingly centered on the learner and focused on developing the acquisition of demonstrable competences through learning by doing. Based on a sequence of didactic strategies that form the circular learning path and on the association of three coded languages (mime, visual, oral), the methodology An English Island favours learner centered-instruction, as well as the learner’s active participation and involvement in creating the mental/physical grooves through which the language flows and turns into long-term memory.
This paper focuses on the theoretical and methodological foundations of An English Island supported by a set of practical exercises that describe the educational process in which the teacher becomes the coach, observer, and scaffolder in order to train the citizens of the future.

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