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The Advantages and Disadvantages of English as a Foreign Language with Young Learners
Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of language studies.
2015 (English)In: Teaching English to Young Learners: Critical Issues in Language Teaching with 3–12 Year Old / [ed] Janice Bland, London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2015, 13-30 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This chapter focuses on the trend towards introducing English as a foreign language at an early stage of children’s primary school or pre-school/kindergarten education. Evidence from a range of studies is discussed, illustrating how the conditionality of provision may result in establishing strong foundations for subsequent rapid progress in the language or alternatively, to children losing confidence and developing negative views of the language as a result of these unsatisfactory early learning experiences. Related to this, the final section of the chapter discusses evidence of the extent to which exposure to the language outside school may impact on young children’s perceptions of the language and thus engagement in the learning process. 

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London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2015. 13-30 p.
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young learners; foreign languages;
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-109987ISBN: 978-1-4725-8857-8ISBN: 978-1-4725-8856-2OAI: diva2:860072
Available from: 2015-10-09 Created: 2015-10-09 Last updated: 2016-01-15Bibliographically approved

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