Date of Graduation

Spring 5-18-2017

Document Type

Project

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

College/School

School of Education

Department/Program

International and Multicultural Education (IME)

First Advisor

Luz García

Abstract

There is a rapid development of science and technology, and international information exchanges have become increasingly frequent as well in 21st century. English learning is becoming a requirement of career success, especially in Asia (Graddol, 2006). So people are beginning to pay more attention to English education, especially early childhood English education. However, most Asian kindergarten teachers prefer to pay more attention to teaching English reading and writing skills, while ignoring the teaching and practices of English listening and speaking (Wang, 2016). Most 3-6 age children do not have the attention span of adults (Garba, Yusuf, & Busthami, 2015), and more importantly the quality of early childhood English education in Asia is not guaranteed, yet it needs to be. So the main purpose of this project is creating a curriculum for early English educators in Asian countries to teach children (3-6 years old) fundamental English speaking and listening skills by using games as teaching methods. Total Physical Response (TPR) and Communicative Language Teaching (CLT) are used as the theoretical frameworks for this project.

Key words: English education, early childhood education, Asia, TPR, CLT