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ERIC Number: EJ1067934
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Jul
Pages: 40
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0261-4448
English Language Education among Young Learners in East Asia: A Review of Current Research (2004-2014)
Butler, Yuko Goto
Language Teaching, v48 n3 p303-342 Jul 2015
The teaching of foreign languages to young learners is growing in popularity around the world. Research in this field, particularly of English as a second/foreign language education in East Asia, is a relatively new area of empirical inquiry, and it has the potential to make significant contributions to child second-language acquisition (Child-SLA) theory building, research methodologies, and policies in East Asia and beyond. This article reviews relevant peer-reviewed literature on English education among young learners in East Asia (China, Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan). I begin by reviewing policy literature to illustrate the social and policy contexts of early English education, identifying major policy-related concerns. Next, I review empirical studies of English learning and teaching, organizing them by their relevance to the previously identified policy concerns. The article concludes with suggestions for future research.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Information Analyses; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Asia
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