Integrating English Lessons with Sustainable Development Goals at Primary Schools in Northern Vietnam
Integrating global issues and United Nation (UN)’s sustainable development goals (SDGs) into English classrooms has really been a newly-created initiative for English teaching in remote areas in the north of Vietnam. A great deal of generated education ideas or programs fostering 17 themes in SGDs confirmed by the UN in 2015 has also supported the more roles of teachers' assumption than merely providing the knowlegde of language, put the learning process in a more practical context, and inspired learners to actively perceive their responsibilities to the wider world.
A small pilot conducting a language lesson (English 3) project asociated with one SDGs’ theme - life below water - has successfully and beneficially been recognized for teachers and primary school learners in a mountainous city, Lang Son, Vietnam. Employing such various motivating teaching techniques as games, role play, pair-work or group-work was the most noticeable merit for teachers.
The findings for the research question 'How do integrating lessons affect mountainous primary learners’ inspiration in learning English language and informative content?' are relatively positive. Active manner, positive attitude and exciting participation are three recorded typical features of learners in the classroom that strongly motivated children practicing the new language items and improved their awareness of protecting the ocean animals and plants.
The research concludes that integrated SDGs’ themes with English language lesson is probably new to the context of mountainous areas in northern Vietnam,and introduced to primary school teachers there for such lessons directly and highly benefit the teaching and learning English.
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