|Worldwide survey of primary ELT|
Review the findings of the survey
About the survey
This is a survey of what is happening in teaching English as a foreign language to Young Learners (children under the age of 11 years) at the levels of public policy, beliefs and practical implementation. The survey was designed by Shelagh Rixon, from the Centre for English Language Teacher Education, University of Warwick.
A common experience for those interested in this area has been that there are sources available for theoretical perspectives, but that it is more difficult to discover what exactly is happening on a day-to-day basis in schools and teacher training institutions in different countries. Most information has come through journalism, personal experience and anecdotes. We decided to collect information from more authoritative sources and to display it in a way that allows it to be updated rapidly as situations change.
We feel that reliable information on Young Learners teaching is of considerable practical importance in the following ways:
These issues are starting to become of more concern at a public level in a number of countries. A measure of this concern is the number of enquiries seeking expert advice on YL made to British Council offices worldwide. These have often come from senior government officials, from a Minister of Education's private office for example, sometimes after an introduction of Young Learner teaching has not brought the publicly desired swift results, or for reasons such as a change of government and a desire to re-evaluate the activity in terms of its cost-effectiveness. Some have come from countries wishing to make a start and to teach EYL in the most effective way possible.
The audience for the results of these investigations is, therefore, a professional as well as an academic one, and the questions include facts and figures and practical issues that may be of use to decision makers.
The information summarised on the web pages was collected by means of a questionnaire. The informants were contacted via British Council offices or relevant professional associations and were selected for their local knowledge and professional standing in the field of teaching English to Young Learners. Every attempt has been made to supply accurate and up-to-date information, but the British Council cannot accept responsibility for the accuracy of the data gathered. To facilitate interpretation of the information on each country page, the date at which the information was collected or last reviewed can be found at the end of the page.
We want to share our findings with language teaching professionals, and all those involved in decision making in this area. We would like to acknowledge here all those who have contributed to this survey.
Expanding the survey
If you would like to contribute data for us to add to the survey, or have more information or enquiries, please contact ELT Group.
We would be particularly grateful for assistance with information on countries for which so far it has not been possible to collect data; the questionnaire may be downloaded for this purpose. (Please select Word or Rich Text format.)
Futher informaionKey questions about EYL
Articles about EYL