Primary ELT

Issues and trends

Authored by: Janet Enever

The Routledge Handbook of English Language Teaching

Print publication date:  May  2016
Online publication date:  May  2016

Print ISBN: 9780415747394
eBook ISBN: 9781315676203
Adobe ISBN: 9781317384472


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This chapter sets out to identify current issues and major trends in primary ELT today. The scope is global, reflecting the large-scale reform that has occurred in primary school curricula worldwide over the past fifty years regarding the teaching of English as a second or foreign language (Cha and Ham, 2008: 317). In this chapter, I focus principally on contexts where English has recently been introduced as a new curriculum subject regionally or nationally in primary schools, examining learning in instructed or formal contexts rather than language development in the more naturalistic environment of the home or family. Given the limited space and the huge scale of reform, I will only touch briefly on contexts where Engish has been the medium of instruction (EMI) during former periods of colonial influence (e.g. parts of Africa, India, Hong Kong).

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