LY PHAM (UNIVERSITY OF LANGUAGES AND INTERNATIONAL STUDIES)

IMPLEMENTING STEAM IN TEACHING ENGLISH AS A FOREING LANGUAGE TO YOUNG LEARNERS: WHAT REMAINS AFTER THE FUN? : TEACHING YOUNG LEARNERS

STEAM (aka science, technology, engineering, art, mathmetics) has emerged as a revolutionary teaching methodology recently. STEAM-based curricular activites have been pervasive around the globe applied for age groups in various subjects. This paper is to examine the implementation of STEAM in teaching English to young learners- an innovative approach in Vietnam for the last few years. Given its intriguing interdisciplinary contents and students’ excitement, the drive of this research is to see what students have acquired besides the fun. Classroom observation along with the post-tests and delayed post-tests have proved that though students may forget about the language content, scientific knowledge and ethics values are instilled in them. The results have once again confirmed the values of contructivism and the feasibility of immersion English programs in EFL contexts.

Ly Pham has been an English teacher and a program developer for over 10 years. She has been working at Univeristy of Languages and International Studies, Vietnam National Univeristy since she obtained her Master Degree from The University of Queensland (Australia) in 2011. Her research interests include professional development, mentoring, extensive reading and teaching English to young learners. She can be contacted at phkhanhly@gmail.com.