Curriculum Development for English Classes in the Fifth Grade of Elementary School

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172
Writer(s): 
Yukie Saito, Waseda University; Yuko Nagasawa, Bunkyo University; Shigeko Ishikawa, Tokyo International University

The Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology (MEXT) has announced that English is to become a formal subject in the fifth and sixth grades of elementary school by 2020. However, nothing concrete has been decided yet about the curriculum. Therefore, we propose a curriculum that we created taking theories of self-regulated learning (Zimmerman, 2002) and autonomy (Benson, 2011) into account. We also introduce background information about MEXT’s policies. To help young learners become self-regulated and autonomous, we developed a portfolio with can-do lists based on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) and the European Language Portfolio (ELP). The curriculum for the fifth grade as well as the portfolio aimed at promoting self-regulation and autonomy are also included in this paper.

文科省は2020年から英語を小学校の5,6年で正式教科とすると公式に発表したが、カリキュラムに関してはまだ何も具体的な事は決まっていない。それゆえ文科省の方針についてその概要を紹介致すると共に、自己調整学習と自律性を取り入れた我々独自のカリキュラムをここに提案する。本論文では、若い学習者が自己調整学習者となり、自律した学習者となるように、ヨーロッパ共通言語参照枠(CEFR)とヨーロッパ言語ポートフォリオ(ELP)を参照にCan-do listsを含むポートフォリオをカリキュラムとともに草案した。それらを取り入れて我々の言語学習見解を具体化したものとして1年間の5年生向けのカリキュラムとポートフォリオの例を紹介する。

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