碧桂园十里银滩学校 | PYP In a Foreign Language
The Primary Years Programme (PYP) in a foreign language starts with a simple question that needs inquiring. Learning is deeply rooted in profound thinking and thinking is inspired by questions. Inquiry involves questions, questions lead to knowledge, knowledge leads to the generation of further applications of knowledge to everyday life situations. When applying this to teaching and learning a foreign language, we employ the same inquiry technique to enhance the acquisition of vocabulary, to explore the grammatical structures, to engage in the negotiation of meaning and to discover the embedded cultural essence.
Then you ask, how can we get students to inquire in the target language when they aren’t equipped with substantial linguistic knowledge? The answer is simply an extensive exposure to the target language. Within the learning environment, if lessons are well structured, students at different language proficiency levels and ages can be engaged in inquiry-based learning while acquiring the foreign language. Good questions not only provide exciting and challenging content to explore, but they also allow discovery, reflection and creativity to enhance skills, attitudes and concepts to facilitate learning and future learning transfers. Engulfing learners in the target language through structure allows learners to recall, use and create within that target language.
There are many strategies which promote learning a foreign language through inquiry. Inquiry-based learning promotes collaboration, communication and interaction both in a class and in the planning phase for educators.
“I hear I forget, I see I remember, I do I understand” - Confucius. Inquiry learning can be attributed to this wise Chinese proverb.
Grade 1 (Miss Iman)
Grade 2 (Miss Iman/Miss North)
Grade 3 (Miss North)
Grade 4 Mr Marc
Grade 5 Miss GF