Ten Months Around the World’ – Promoting English Language Acquisition in the Early Years of Childhood Education


For a Bilingual Generation (FBG) is a new emerging enterprise promoting English language acquisition in the early years of childhood education. During their ten-month-long programmes, the teachers and children travel around the world and visit countries where they discover and learn about the local culture, flora and fauna. Studying different countries not only enriches and makes an ESL activity a more entertaining and better experience for the children, it also allows children to observe and marvel at the world’s beauties. By the end of the ten months, it is expected that the programme participants will learn to respect other cultures and accept otherness. To this end, the programme encourages children to be curious and open to new experiences. Not only about foreign language acquisition, FBG also provides a complex approach to personality development that takes place in English. The English language learning app - one of the many tools - used in the programme mirror the programme’s goals, contents, and activities in an online space, so children can practise their English home as well. It is also an easy-to-use, age-appropriate and stress-free, on-screen assessment that can be used in Early Childhood Settings for evaluating the language performance of young children. By discussing the good practices and research results the programme has reaped, it is the author's intention to add to the professional discourse surrounding modern pedagogical approaches and promote methodological culture in the field of early years’ language acquisition.

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Éva Kruppa, Eötvös Loránd University Faculty of Primary and Pre-School Education, Hungary
Adrienn Gáspár, FBG - For a Bilingual Generation, Hungary

Paper Information
Conference: ACE2022
Stream: Foreign Languages Education & Applied Linguistics (including ESL/TESL/TEFL)

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