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Public sector primary schools

Is EYL taught as an official part of the curriculum in public sector primary schools? Yes
When was it introduced? 1997
At what age do students begin EYL? Age 6/7 (Year 1)
Have any significant changes in teaching EYL taken place since 1980? In 1980 EYL was introduced in Year 4, age 9/10. In 1997 it was trialled from Year 1, age 6/7, in some schools.
Is there any widespread teaching of English before the official starting age for compulsory EYL? Not applicable
How many hours a week/school year are officially allocated for EYL? Years 1-4: 70 or 170 hours per year, depending on resources available.
Years 5-8: 105 hours per year.
How many EYL teachers and students are there in the public education system? Statistics are not available
Who does the EYL teaching? • The class teacher (10%)
• A specialist teacher (80%)
• A person who is not a qualified teacher but who knows English and who works in a single school (10%)
Who is eligible to teach EYL in the public education system? • A teacher with pre-service training or a college or university qualification
• A secondary school teacher willing to teach in a primary school
Nationwide are schools able to recruit enough EYL teachers? Teacher supply is a problem. Intensive English is being offered at Primary Teacher Training Colleges to remedy it.
What official guidelines exist for EYL teaching? There is a detailed specification of content
Do EYL teaching materials have to be approved? Yes, and they must be within the budget of the school
What materials are typically used? Both international and local coursebooks
What other foreign languages are taught at primary level? French, German and Italian - with the same starting age and other conditions as English
Are any changes in the provision of EYL planned or anticipated? Not stated

Private sector primary schools

Is there a significant number of these schools? No

Private language schools

Is there a significant number of these schools? Yes
How many Young Learners take private language school classes? Not stated
How many hours of English do they typically offer? 2 per week
Is there any perceived conflict between public school and private language school provision in EYL? Children attending private language schools enjoy better conditions
What materials do they use for EYL? Local and international materials

Private tuition for Young Learners

Is there private tuition for primary age children? Yes
How many Young Learners are involved? Not stated
What is the typical starting age for private tuition? Usually before mainstream education
Why do parents use private tutors? They believe that their children can get better quality lessons

Date information collected: 1999

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