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Effectiveness of a Motor Intervention Program on Motivation and Learning of English Vocabulary in Preschoolers: A Pilot Study

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Department of Didactics of Musical, Artistic and Corporal Expression, University of Granada, 18071 Granada, Spain
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Unit of Scientific Culture of the University of Granada, University of Granada, 18071 Granada, Spain
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University of Granada, 18071 Granada, Spain
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Behav. Sci. 2019, 9(8), 84; https://doi.org/10.3390/bs9080084
Received: 29 June 2019 / Revised: 24 July 2019 / Accepted: 31 July 2019 / Published: 5 August 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Effects of Sport Activity on Health Promotion)
(1) Background: Linking physical activity to the teaching of curricular contents provides numerous motivational and emotional benefits which improve academic performance and lead to the improvement and creation of healthy habits from an early age. (2) Method: The objective of the study is to analyze the effectiveness of a 5-week intervention program based on the use of a combined methodology of physical activity and gestures on motivation and vocabulary learning in English. The sample of children was aged from 4 to 7 years and was recruited from three children’s centers in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. A quasi-experimentalstudy was carried out using a pretest–posttest design in a sample (n = 88). (3) Results: Statistically significant results were obtained in the learning of words through the combined methodology of gestures and motor activity, compared to the traditional methodology used in the control group. (4) Conclusions: The main conclusions are that motor and expressive activities at an early age can be an effective motivational resource that promotes an increase in children’s physical activity time in the classroom. Further, it improves academic performance, producing a more effective learning of the vocabulary of a second language. View Full-Text
Keywords: second language learning; motor activity; gesturing; preschool children; motivation second language learning; motor activity; gesturing; preschool children; motivation
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Padial-Ruz, R.; García-Molina, R.; Puga-González, E. Effectiveness of a Motor Intervention Program on Motivation and Learning of English Vocabulary in Preschoolers: A Pilot Study. Behav. Sci. 2019, 9, 84.

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