ENGLISH I-III

I. Educational Objectives

• To develop auditory sensitivity and the ability to listen and respond to commands in a foreign language; 
• To develop an awareness to the sounds of a foreign language; 
• To introduce students to the long-time foreign language acquisition process; 
• To familiarize students with the correct pronunciation of linguistic units; 
• To develop listening comprehension skills; 
• To enrich vocabulary in English;
• To develop motivation to learn a foreign language.

II. Themes and Topics

1.     School and the classroom

2.     Colours, shapes, and numbers

3.     Favourite toys

4.     Family and friends

5.     Feelings

6.     Parts of the body

7.     Everyday activities

8.     Pets and wild animals

9.     Food and drinks

10.   The house, furniture, and the garden

11.    Weather and seasons of the year

12.    Clothing for different seasons

13.    Books, films, and music

14.    Sport and recreation

15.    Festivals and holidays

16.           Travel and means of transport

III. Skills

A. Grade I 

• understands simple commands and responds to them appropriately;
• understands “classroom language,” (such as opening and closing of books, listening, repeating, cutting, drawing, singing);
• identifies objects in the immediate vicinity - people and objects in the classroom, at home, on the playground;
• recites poems and nursery rhymes;
• sings children’s songs learnt in class;
• comprehends listened to stories when they are accompanied by pictures, gestures, objects, etc.
• gradually builds awareness of language in a foreign language (e.g. awareness of semantic categories: colors, animals, school supplies, phonetic sensitivity - distinguishes between long and short vowels, accented and unstressed syllables.

At the end of Grade I, the student will:

1.       understand simple commands and respond properly to them;
2.       identify objects in the immediate vicinity;
3.       recite nursery rhymes and songs, and sing learnt songs from memory;
4.       understand the meaning of listened to stories when they are supported

by pictures, gestures, objects.

B. Grade II 

• develops careful listening habits, understands commands in a foreign language and responds to them;
• identifies objects in familiar surroundings;
• recites poems and nursery rhymes, sings songs;
• comprehends written words and simple sentences;
• rewrites words and sentences;
• uses of picture dictionaries;
• asks and answers questions, using learned phrases in familiar contexts;
• understands listened to stories and tales when they are supported by pictures, gestures, objects, etc.
• identifies the type and number of noun and verb forms; is aware of the need for noun-verb agreement in a sentence;
• sequences events in a literary work, orders and replenishment plan events;
• recognizes stanzas within poems, searches for and creates pairs of rhyming words;
• develops an active vocabulary, learning more words and phrases;  matches words with similar or opposite meanings (synonyms and antonyms);
• gradually builds awareness of language as a foreign language;
• improves phonetic and phonological sensitivity (the discrimination of long and short vowels, accented and unstressed syllables, falling and rising intonation).

C. Grade III 

• develops verbal and nonverbal responses to commands in a foreign language;
• comprehends verbal expressions:
- distinguishes between sounds, also in the minimal pairs;
- recognizes phrases used in everyday communication;
- understands the overall meaning of short stories and fairy tales presented simultaneously with an illustration or gesture;
- understands the meaning behind simple dialogues, both recorded (audio or video) and conducted in the classroom;
• recites poems and nursery rhymes, singing songs;
• participates actively in plays and performances;
• asks and answers questions, using learned phrases in typical situations;
• comprehends words, simple sentences and short stories in comic book form;
• rewrites of words and sentences;
• uses picture dictionaries, books and multimedia resources;
• gradually builds awareness of learning a foreign language - the need for homework tasks, the need for repetition, the ability to self-assess one’s knowledge, and to collect exemplary work in a portfolio.

At the end of Grade III, the student will:
1. understand that people speak different languages ??and that in order to communicate with them, one needs to learn that language (motivation to learn a foreign language);
2. respond verbally and nonverbally to simple commands of the teacher;
3. understand verbal expressions:
a) distinguish between minimal pairs and homophones,
b) recognize everyday phrases and be able to use them,
c) understand the overall meaning of short stories and fairy tales presented with the aid of images, gestures;
d) understand the meaning of simple dialogues in picture stories (as well as in audio and video forms);
4. read and understand words and simple sentences;
5. ask questions and give answers in the framework of learned phrases; recite poems, rhymes, sing songs, identify everyday objects and describe them; take part in sketches and scenes);
6. rewrite given words and sentences;
7. utilize picture dictionaries, books, multimedia resources to aid foreign language acquisition;
8. collaborate and cooperate with peers during lessons and learning activities.

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