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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? Autumn 1999
At what age do students begin EYL? 9/10 (Grade 5)
Have any significant changes in teaching EYL taken place since 1980?  Until 1999 EYL started in Grade 7
Is there any widespread teaching of English before the official starting age for compulsory EYL? No
How many hours a week/school year are officially allocated for EYL? Grades 5-7: 2 x 40minute lessons/week
How many EYL teachers and students are there in the public education system? Not stated
Who does the EYL teaching? • The children's normal teacher
• A specialist teacher who works in only one school
• A person who is not a qualified teacher but who knows English and who works in only one school
Who is eligible to teach EYL in the public education system? • A teacher with pre-service training from a college or university and a qualification to teach English at primary level
• A teacher qualified to teach English at secondary level but who is willing to work in a primary school
• Any teacher who has a certificate from the University's College of Education
Nationwide are schools able to recruit enough EYL teachers? No. Pre- and in-service education is in place to improve the situation.
What official guidelines exist for EYL teaching? There is a general description of EYL aims but no specific content advice
Do EYL teaching materials have to be approved? There is an officially approved list of published materials, and teachers may choose any of these within their budget.
What materials are typically used? • A locally published book
• International published coursebooks
What other foreign languages are taught at primary level?  Danish, from Grade 7, age 12
Are any changes in the provision of EYL planned or anticipated? No

Private sector primary schools

Is there a significant number of these schools? No

Private language schools

Is there a significant number of these schools? No

Private tuition for Young Learners

Is there private tuition for primary age children? No

Date information collected: 1999

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