English as a foreign language in early childhood care and education in Japan: Policy and pedagogy
AUTHOR : Sachiko Kitano
INFORMATION : page. 3~17 / 2008 Vol.2 No.1
This paper gives an overview of English education policy and practice for young
children in Japan. Recently, a strong need for English education has emerged and
changes have been made at the elementary school levels. English education has not
yet been regulated, however, in early childhood education. This study investigates
English education for young children in Japanese preschool settings, in lessons for
preschoolers provided outside of preschool, and in English preschools. The results
show that English lessons are offered more widely at private institutions than in
public, and a strong commercial involvement that makes English education hard to
access for families with fewer economic resources and families with two working
parents. The results also revealed issues of quality in instructional method and in
teachers' skills. Although there is a wide gap in opportunities to learn English from an
early age, the result in English knowledge and skill in latter education level do not yet
differ. More practical research and policy studies are needed to provide equal educational
opportunities and also methodologically and professionally appropriate English
education for young Japanese children.
early childhood education,English as a foreign language education,education policy
English education in elementary schools: A focus on educational policy
The conditions of English education in early childhood care and education institutions
Early childhood English education in relation to commercialism
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