ERIC Number: ED127835
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Nov
An Introduction to the EPAL Project. Background, Problems and Design. Pedagogisk Forskning Uppsala, No. 2.
This report describes the background, aim and design of the EPAL (English in the elementary school) project in Sweden. As background to the project, a survey is included of the increasingly important position of teaching English from the 1940's through the great school reforms of the 50's and 60's. Developments in foreign language teaching in the elementary schools of other countries are reviewed, as well as psycholinguistic and other research which has investigated various aspects of foreign language learning in the elementary grades. The aim of the EPAL project is to make a detailed investigation of the effects of beginning the study of English in the second term of the first grade. The experiment is being conducted in the school district of Vasteras, where an experimental group and a control group, each consisting of 24 classes, are being compared in various areas from grades one through six. The total amount of instruction time during the first six grades is the same in the experiment as in the regular curriculum for grades 3-6. A number of problems connected with the project have developed into subsidiary projects. These include: pronunciation measurements; systematic classroom observations; foreign language and the immigrant child; and learning to read English. (Author/AM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Uppsala Univ. (Sweden). Inst. of Education.