Classroom Displays as a Tool for Evaluating Young Learners’ Goal-Attainment

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Abstract

In Danish primary schools, each class has their own classroom in which they have (almost) all of their classes, making the walls ideal learning spaces. However,
this also means that English as a Foreign Language (EFL) teachers have to share the classroom walls with their colleagues who teach other subjects in the same
classroom, which limits the available EFL learning space. The present study examines in what way English teachers and young learners do (not) make meaningful
use of EFL material on classroom walls as part of goal-oriented teaching and learning (læringsmålstyret undervisning.
Using multimodal conversation analysis, I examined the purpose and use of EFL displays on the walls of 1st grade and 3rd grade classrooms. Specifically, I investigated
if and how teachers and students orient to the displays as part of the foreign language classroom interaction.
The analysis shows that classroom displays can be used as a tool in goal- oriented teaching and learning, in that they (1) work as a documentation of achieved
and current goals for learning (læringsmål), (2) help students who have not fully achieved the past goals for learning to participate in current learning activities
(undervisningsaktiviteter), and (3) work as a display of learning (tegn på læring), which then (4) help the teacher evaluate to which level the current goals for
learning have been attained by the class (evaluering).
The results suggest that teachers should continuously examine and critically reflect on to what extent their wall displays support the four pillars of goal-oriented
teaching and learning, and, as a consequence, redesign the walls as the goals for learning progress.
Original languageEnglish
Publication date2015
Publication statusPublished - 2015
EventThe PhD Student Conference in Language and Communication - University of Southern Denmark, Odense, Denmark
Duration: 11. Jun 201512. Jun 2015

Conference

ConferenceThe PhD Student Conference in Language and Communication
LocationUniversity of Southern Denmark
Country/TerritoryDenmark
CityOdense
Period11/06/201512/06/2015

Keywords

  • goal-oriented teaching
  • classroom displays
  • young learners
  • classroom interaction
  • EFL
  • conversation analysis

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