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Survey on English for Young Learners teaching worldwide



Thank you very much for being willing to complete this questionnaire which concerns current policy and practice in the teaching of English to Young Learners. For the purposes of this questionnaire the term is used to refer to the teaching of English to children between the ages of 5 to 11 or 12 years old. Some of the questions ask about details and ‘facts and figures’ so it may be useful for you to read through it first in order to see what types of information we would like to collect. You could then return to the questionnaire on a later occasion when you have found what you need. It is not possible to ‘save’ the questionnaire and return. You would need to complete it all on one occasion and then submit it. Please answer all the questions that you are able to, but do not worry if you do not have all the information requested. There will always be an option that allows you to say that you do not have the particular information required and pass on to the next question.

The main focus of this research is on English in the state school system although you will also find some questions on private provision which it is hoped will set the answers about state schools into context. The terms ‘Primary school’ and ‘Elementary school’ will be used interchangeably in the questionnaire to refer to the first stage of compulsory schooling which usually involves children in the age range 5 to 12 with some variations in starting and finishing age between countries.

We will use the information you provide to build profiles of current practice in different countries, but we will not make use of your name or reveal your identity in any reporting of results unless you give us your express permission. On the other hand, we would like to acknowledge the kind assistance of our respondents, so if you are willing for your name to appear on an Acknowledgements list, please indicate this at the end of the questionnaire. Thank you once again for your very valuable support in this research
In almost all cases 90% + Very frequently 70%- 89% of cases Frequently 50% – 69% Quite often 30% – 49% Not very often 20% – 39% Rarely less than 20% of cases I DON’T KNOW
Parents buy learning materials for children to use at home
Parents employ private tutors [one to one]
Parents employ private tutors [small groups]
Parents send children to special clubs for learning English
Parents send children to special camps and residential courses in-country
Parents send children abroad to improve their English
Always Often Quite often Sometimes Rarely Never I DON’T KNOW
Teachers from the two levels of schooling meet to discuss the transition
Children are given special ‘bridging’ courses to help them to make the transition
Teachers in the new school are well informed about the type of work that has been done at Primary/Elementary school
Publishers make sure that their course materials for the next level of school contain revision material that covers what children should have learned at Primary/Elementary school
Information on children’s levels from externally provided formal testing at the end of Primary School is passed to the new school
Information on children’s levels from school-based assessment is passed to the new school
When children start their new school they are treated as absolute beginners in English
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