Janet Enever is Professor of Language Teaching and Learning at Umeo University, Sweden specialising in the fields of early foreign language learning, language globalisation and language policy. She holds a doctoral degree from Bristol University, UK in Primary Foreign Languages Policy and has worked at Universities in London, Krakov and Budapest and advised on language policy, early language learning and teacher education for ministries in a number of Asian, Latin American and European countries. Recent publications include: the edited books ‘ELLiE. Early Language Learning in Europe’ (2011) and ‘Young Learner English Language Policy and Implementation: International Perspectives’ (2009).
Topic: 21st century children learning English
Increasingly, in the 21st century, young children have opportunities to access English outside school in ways which can contribute to their progress in becoming confident users of English in their daily lives even whilst still engaged in the schooling process. This presentation will consider the extent to which out-of-school learning is happening across a range of contexts worldwide and discuss evidence of the school learning experience under these varied conditions. The presentation will invite teachers to consider how to strengthen links between school and non-school language learning, maximising the potential for children to become autonomous language learners at a young age.
Video recording of the plenary session
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