Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) Volume 10. Number 2. June 2019                                                     Pp.342 -352
DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.24093/awej/vol10no2.26

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        Bloom’s Taxonomy and Moroccan Children’s Vocabulary and Critical Thinking Skills
Development
 

 Mounia Benjelloun
Faculty of Letters & Human Sciences
Mohammed V University, Rabat, Morocco 

 Yamina El Kirat El Allame
Faculty of Letters & Human Sciences
Mohammed V University, Rabat, Morocco

 

 

Abstract:
Children normally feel unable or less confident to express their ideas clearly, freely, and critically both orally and in writing when learning a language. Research has demonstrated that children’s early exposure to Bloom’s Taxonomy levels in stories has a “remarkable power” on them (Dickinson, et al. 2012) and helps develop their language and critical-thinking skills (Egan, 1997; Curtain & Dahlberg 2004). The aim of this research project is to investigate the role of Bloom’s Taxonomy in the development of the vocabulary and critical-thinking skills of young Moroccan English learners. The study adopts a qualitative approach and addresses two research questions, namely, (i) To what extent does Bloom’s Taxonomy contribute to the development of the children’s vocabulary and critical thinking skills? (ii) How can the children’s vocabulary and critical-thinking skills development be justified? The comparison and analysis of the children’s story reviews at the start and end of a term reveals significant improvement, among the Moroccan young learners, especially the average ones. They are able to use a wider range of more appropriate and accurate vocabulary and to make use of a more extended, analytical and relevant discourse. Hence, children’s early exposure to Bloom’s Taxonomy is highly recommended as it contributes to the development of their vocabulary and critical-thinking skills.
Keywords: Accurate vocabulary, Bloom’s taxonomy, critical-thinking skills, English learning, language development, Moroccan children

Cite as:  Benjelloun, M., &   El Allame, Y. E. (2019) Bloom’s Taxonomy and Moroccan Children’s Vocabulary and Critical Thinking Skills Development. Arab World English Journal10 (2) 342 -352.
DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.24093/awej/vol10no2.26

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Yamina EL KIRAT EL ALLAME earned her PhD in Cultural Linguistics, with a focus on
Languages, Cultures, and Minority Identities. She was Fulbright Visiting Scholar in 2010. Her areas
of interest are cultural linguistics, minority languages, cultures and identities, language
policies/planning, discourse analysis. Her interest in these areas is motivated by her personal
experience and interest in issues of language, culture, education, society and politics.