The GEM project “With Gestures and Music into the world of Phonics” is developing an innovative new concept and methodology of introducing phonics to children in preschools through music and gestures/signs based on British Sign Language.
The project will develop and test teaching materials including music, signs/graphics and lesson plans. Testing will take pace in Early Years Settings in the Uk, Slovenia and the Czech Republic. It will take place in settings where English is the first language of tuition in the preschool classes but also where English is taught as a second language in Slovenia and in the Czech Republic. It will therefore predominantly be used within the teaching of English whether as a first or second language but will also be evaluated and tested in terms of literacy development in other languages.
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