Second Language Studies: Acquisition, Learning, Education and Technology

Tokyo, Japan
September 22-24, 2010

Laying the Groundwork for Ongoing Learning: A Scaffolded Approach to Language Education in Japanese Elementary Schools and Beyond

Francesco Bolstad (1), Toshiyuki Kanamaru (1), Akira Tajino (2)

(1) Graduate school of Human and Environmental Studies, Kyoto University, Japan
(2) Center for the Promotion of Excellence in Higher Education, Kyoto University, Japan

This paper is based on a twofold argument. Firstly, it argues for the need to view English language learning as a long-term undertaking and to link elementary school English programs more strongly with junior and senior high school programs in order to support students’ success across the term of their lives as English language learners. Secondly, the results of a classroom investigation into the feasibility of using meaning-based word order (IMIJUN) as a framework for achieving this greater congruity of programs by scaffolding Japanese elementary school students learning as they are challenged to go beyond memorizing English to creating their own English sentences is reported.

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Bibliographic reference.  Bolstad, Francesco / Kanamaru, Toshiyuki / Tajino, Akira (2010): "Laying the groundwork for ongoing learning: a scaffolded approach to language education in Japanese elementary schools and beyond", In L2WS-2010, paper P1-5.