Public sector primary schools
|Is EYL taught
as an official part of the curriculum in public sector primary
|At what age
do students begin EYL?
approximately (Primary Year 7)
significant changes in teaching EYL taken place since 1980?
||Yes. Before 1986
foreign language teaching started in secondary school (age 12/13).
any widespread teaching of English before the official starting
age for compulsory EYL?
hours a week/school year are officially allocated for EYL?
total of 100 hours during primary school
education. Schools are free to decide when to
start with English and how they distribute these
hours over the student's school career. Many
schools, however, only teach English during an
hour or three-quarters of an hour a week during
the last 2 years of primary education. When
working like this they remain well under
the compulsory 100 hours.
EYL teachers and students are there in the public education system?
primary teachers are officially qualified to
teach English in primary schools. All students
study English (no figures beyond this given).
the EYL teaching?
The children's normal class teacher (95-100%)
A specialist teacher of English who
teaches in only one school (up to 5%)
|Who is eligible
to teach EYL in the public education system?
A primary teacher who has successfully completed
a special in-service training course in English
language and/or EYL methodology. (This in-service
training is offered but schools tend to send
their teachers only to short - and inexpensive -
courses and most of the time the first choice is
a computer course or Dutch as a second language.)
A teacher who has had pre-service training at college or
university and is qualified to become a teacher of English at
primary level. (During the training students in most primary teacher
training colleges do 1 or 2 modules of English; in some they do
3-4 and there are still a few colleges where English isn't part
of the curriculum.) The emphasis in these modules is on methodology,
as all students will have had English in secondary school and
about 99% of them will have had it as an exam subject.
A teacher qualified to teach English at
secondary school but who is willing to work in
primary schools. (In most cases this is a teacher
who is a qualified primary school teacher as
are schools able to recruit enough EYL teachers?
Officially primary school teachers are qualified
to teach English, but teachers who graduated
before 1986 may have had less foundation in EYL
guidelines exist for EYL teaching?
general description of aims for EYL, but no
specific advice about content
|Do EYL teaching
materials have to be approved?
may choose any published materials (local or
international) provided that they are within the
are typically used?
Original teaching materials devised by teachers
Lesson materials adapted by teachers from
several published sources, but mainly -
Locally published coursebooks. (Most
teachers only use coursebooks published by Dutch
foreign languages are taught at primary level?
at primary level. French starts at 12; German
starts at 13.
|Are any changes
in the provision of EYL planned or anticipated?
in the quantity of English to be covered in the
teacher training curriculum are under discussion
amongst teacher trainers. A single module of 40
hours is under discussion for some colleges, but
(as of May 2000) there is no official agreement.
Private sector primary schools
Private tuition for Young Learners