Public sector primary schools
|Is EYL taught
as an official part of the curriculum in public sector primary
as an alternative to French or Italian
|At what age
do students begin EYL?
significant changes in teaching EYL taken place since 1980?
1988 there has been pilot teaching of EYL from
age 6 (Year 1). It will be made compulsory from
any widespread teaching of English before the official starting
age for compulsory EYL?
hours a week/school year are officially allocated for EYL?
hour per week (35hours per year), but always taught
in 15-20 minute blocks. English can also be the
medium of instruction for music, PT, craft.
EYL teachers and students are there in the public education system?
the EYL teaching?
The class teacher (99%)
A specialist teacher (1%)
|Who is eligible
to teach EYL in the public education system?
qualified to teach primary education may teach
are schools able to recruit enough EYL teachers?
All EYL teachers have had 9 years of a foreign
language at school followed by 3 more years at
college. In addition there is a plentiful supply
of in-service training.
guidelines exist for EYL teaching?
is a national curriculum
|Do EYL teaching
materials have to be approved?
is a list of officially approved locally
published materials that teachers may choose from
are typically used?
Materials adapted from published sources
Original materials devised by teachers
A school would not
officially use an international book.
foreign languages are taught at primary level?
and Italian are taught from age 8. This will be
lowered to age 6, in line with English.
changes in the provision of EYL planned or anticipated?
2003 a foreign language will be taught from age 6
(Year 1). There is wide political and practical
support for this change. Some schools were
authorised to make the change as early as 1998
and it is expected that most will have done so by
Private sector primary schools
Private tuition for Young Learners