Language as a Tool Empowering Students to be Independent in Sociocultural Environment

Authors

  • Ingrida Mereckaitė Institute of Teacher Education, Education Academy, Vytautas Magnus University K. Donelaičio g. 58, LT-44248 Kaunas, Lithuania

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.15503/jecs2022.1.93.110

Keywords:

sociocultural environment , language learning, language integrated learning, primary school students

Abstract

Thesis. The aim of the research is to confirm the role of language as a tool empowering school students to act independently in educational activities and sociocultural environment. This can be achieved by encouraging students to actively participate in educational activities, to learn a language and other academic subjects without any direct input.

Methods. The article is based on a scientific literature analysis and monitoring at one of the language integrated learning centres. It studies discussed hereof showcase the importance of language integration and a broader understanding of teaching students the basics of language skills.

Results. The analysis shows language skills are a result (synthesis) of abilities and competencies combined by different disciplines and programmes. It is directly related to the methods, measures, situations and environments employed in educational activities. The studies discussed hereof showcase the importance of language integration and a broader understanding of teaching students the basics of language skills.

Conclusion. Based on the research results it is possible to distinguish language as an independent learning tool. This is proven by such student skills as high motivation and inclusion; courage and self-confidence; ability to analyse, reason and summarise information; openness to learning; independence; curiosity; focus and concentration. The comparison of the data and the literature analysis allow concluding that this is one of the most resultative methods to develop the language skills of students in an integrated way.

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Author Biography

Ingrida Mereckaitė, Institute of Teacher Education, Education Academy, Vytautas Magnus University K. Donelaičio g. 58, LT-44248 Kaunas, Lithuania

Ingrida Mereckaitė Vytautas Magnus University has been working since 2018. Research is related to primary education, integrated education and integrated language skills development.

It is also important to mention that she works at the National Education Agency of Lithuania with the development of the new Curriculum and the interpretation of qualification programs.

Successfully defended the UDL Methodology Certificate, which involved action research focused on the development and application of personalised educational content.

It is also important to mention the International Baccalaureate in Primary Education, which is based on the principle of integrated education: concept-based learning, inquiry-based learning, and phenomenon exploration strategies. Scientific lectures on this topic are organised in Lithuania.

Co-author of the scientific publication "Conditions for success of primary school students in the context of integrated education: a case study".

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Published

2022-06-30

How to Cite

Mereckaitė, I. . (2022). Language as a Tool Empowering Students to be Independent in Sociocultural Environment. Journal of Education Culture and Society, 13(1), 93–110. https://doi.org/10.15503/jecs2022.1.93.110