A global revolution? Teaching English at primary school

Dr Janet Enever and Jayne Moon explore the trend towards an early start in English internationally, drawing upon substantial experience of working in the field and on research data. They then go on to highlight issues and raise questions about primary English language teaching policy and implementation. November, 2010.

Janet Enever and Jayne Moon

English is being taught at increasingly younger ages in an expanding number of countries. So today, teenagers are no longer young learners of English. The new YL is a first grader, a pre-schooler or even a foetus!

  • Why has this transformation occurred?
  • What is the impact on education systems worldwide?
  • How are we to develop the ‘right’ conditions for successful primary ELT in primary schools?
  • What factors affect YL policy and its implementation?

Our seminar offers a response to these and other questions, drawing evidence from a recent international conference and related publication.

To read Janet and Jayne's accompanying paper, click here. To read a BC seminars blog review, click here.

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Submitted by Ngô Thị Lan on Fri, 01/06/2012 - 12:50


It's very useful and important. I can gain more knowledge and more understand about PELT, so I can know how to teach for children.

Submitted by Đặng linh giang on Wed, 03/28/2012 - 08:12


i think i did not have to understand the content of the seminar, but what I can understand,  it is useful. A global revolution? i think it  is really necessary.

Submitted by Abdu Ben Ali Brahim on Wed, 05/14/2014 - 12:15


Teaching English at the Primary School has always been my main concern .There had been an experiment of teaching English in the Algerian primary schools alongside the dominant foreign language French from 1990 to about 2001.Parents had to choose for their children between French and English. The number of children is limited to one class in one primary school in each Wilaya (province).I was the luckiest among the teachers in the region to be in charge of handling those young learners for seven years.I am highly interested in every idea about teaching young learners. This pilot class experiment is not mentioned in the research presented in the seminar "A Global revolution - Teaching English at th Primary School " . Thanks.

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