Learner autonomy in elementary school run according to the principles of Maria Montessori and teaching English to children Cover Image

Autonomia ucznia w szkole podstawowej prowadzonej według koncepcji Marii Montessori a nauczanie języka angielskiego dzieci
Learner autonomy in elementary school run according to the principles of Maria Montessori and teaching English to children

Author(s): Anna Niżegorodcew
Subject(s): School education, Sociology of Education
Published by: Państwowa Wyższa Szkoła Zawodowa w Koninie

Summary/Abstract: This paper presents EFL learning and teaching in primary school which implements Maria Montessori’s philosophy of education and the main principles of her pedagogy. The first part of the paper focuses on general principles of education according to Montessori’s philosophy and describes their implementation in the school. The second part of the paper is devoted to principles and techniques of learning and teaching English in the described Montessori school. Examples of children’s and parents’ opinions on ways of learning and teaching English in the Montessori school are presented and a preliminary attempt is made to assess the effectiveness of the EFL learning and teaching process in the school. In the final part of the paper, the described EFL teaching is compared with contemporary principles and techniques of teaching EFL to young learners. The conclusion drawn from the discussion stresses learners’ autonomy as a characteristic positive feature of the described school but also takes into account an experimental character of the school and a number of factors which seem to contribute to its present success.

  • Issue Year: 1/2013
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 11-24
  • Page Count: 14
  • Language: Polish