Early Foreign Language Education in Europe – Challenges in Materials Design for Young Learners


The paper will describe the policy of foreign language education of young learners in Europe and list the factors important in the teaching process including age of the learners, teachers' qualifications as well as procedures and materials. In particular, the paper will focus on teaching and learning materials used in early foreign language education. The idea is to illustrate the most challenging issues in syllabus and course book design and find answers to the following questions: What are the major factors that direct the process of syllabus design? What are the latest tendencies in course book design for children? The project involves two stages of research. The first stage is the theoretical one and includes an investigation of early foreign language education. It is based on the data obtained during my PhD studies. The second stage involves an analysis of English syllabuses and course books and is based on the data obtained during the review studies. It is hoped that the results and conclusions from the research will bring implications for early language learning and enrich the process of materials construction.

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Maria Stec, University of Silesia, Poland

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Conference: ACLL2013
Stream: Language Learning

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