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In addition to this information, please aslo read the article on teaching training for EYL in Mexico

Public sector primary schools

Is EYL taught as an official part of the curriculum in public sector primary schools? No; however there is a number of pilot projects in progress. The information given below relates to the project underway in the state of Coahuila.
When was it introduced? September 1995
At what age do students begin EYL? 6/7 (Grade 1)
Have any significant changes in teaching EYL taken place since 1980? None other than outlined above
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? 3 x 50minute classes per week (approximately 12 classes per month and 120 classes per year)
How many EYL teachers and students are there in the public education system? In Coahilla there are 400 teachers; 62,000 students
Who does the EYL teaching? • A specialist teacher working in one school (12%)
• A specialist teacher working in several schools (8%)
• A person who is not a qualified teacher but who knows English and who works in a single school (45%)
• As above but working in several schools (35%)
Who is eligible to teach EYL in the public education system? An established primary teacher who has passed a local test of English. (Ideally the teacher would have primary teaching experience, a high level of English and TESOL training.)
Nationwide are schools able to recruit enough EYL teachers? No. To assist the supply of teachers COTE is offered in some states and a Self-Access Centre project has been developed.
What official guidelines exist for EYL teaching? There are guidelines to control progress and lesson planning (Cuaderno de Avance Programático y Dosificación de Unidades)
Do EYL teaching materials have to be approved? Not stated
What materials are typically used?  • Original teaching materials devised by teachers themselves
• Materials adapted from several published sources
• International coursebooks.

There is also supplementary material available to teachers in the form of story books, audio cassettes, teacher support and training materials.

What other foreign languages are taught at primary level? Spanish from age 6 (for speakers of indigenous languages); French is occasionally taught from 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? Yes
What percentage of primary age children attends them?  7.32%
What differences in EYL provision exist from public sector primary schools? Primary ELT is not part of the public system (with the exception of some states), whereas English is widespread in the private sector - in fact, it is probably the norm. Private school teachers tend to be better prepared.
What materials do they use for EYL? Not stated

Private language schools

Is there a significant number of these schools? Some, but not a significant number
How many Young Learners take private language school classes? 30,000 (estimated)
How many hours of English do they typically offer? 3 per week
Is there any perceived conflict between public school and private language school provision in EYL? Not stated
What materials do they use for EYL? Materials from international publishers

Private tuition for Young Learners

Is there private tuition for primary age children? No

Date information collected: 1999

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