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ERIC Number: ED129059
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
English at the Junior Level.
School Research Newsletter, n13 Nov 1975
Parallel to the implementation of the comprehensive school system in Sweden, English has become obligatory for all pupils and has acquired increasing prominence. This is a report on the EPAL (English at the junior level) project in Sweden, a project which can be compared to FLES in the U.S. and the French-teaching project in England. The general purpose of the project was to investigate the effects of early English teaching in comprehensive school, and particularly to study the effects of time schedules for English whereby instruction begins in the spring term of grade 1. Psycholinguistic arguments are cited in favor of the early teaching of foreign languages, as well as early experiments which also support elementary foreign language teaching. Due to such factors as proximity to Uppsala and availability of teachers and materials, the Vasteras school district was chosen for the experiment. One experimental and three control groups have been followed from grade 1 through 5. The next measurement will occur during the 1976 spring term, when the pupils will be in grade 6. Materials suitable to younger pupils were developed during the project, as well as group and individual tests. Conclusive results will have to await the analysis of the vast amount of data collected so far. (AM)
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Educational Assessment, Educational Innovation, Educational Planning, Educational Research, Elementary Education, English (Second Language), FLES, Instructional Materials, Language Instruction, Language Programs, National Programs, Program Descriptions, Testing
National Board of Education, Bureau L3, S-106 42, Stockholm, Sweden
Publication Type: Journal Articles
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Swedish Board of Education, Stockholm.
Identifiers - Location: Sweden