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Driscoll, Patricia; Holliday, Adrian – AILA Review, 2019
This paper explores headteachers' and teachers' perceptions of foreign languages(FL) and cultural learning in three primary schools in areas of disadvantage in England. Drawing upon a new theoretical frame for primary languages, Critical Cosmopolitanism (Delanty, 2006; Beck and Sznaider, 2006) and The Grammar of Culture (Holliday, 2018), we argue…
Descriptors: Teacher Attitudes, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Elementary School Teachers
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Sayer, Peter – AILA Review, 2019
There has been a rapid global expansion of English instruction in the early grades in public school curricula. Particularly in so-called developing countries, the increase of and its shift from exclusively private to public education is linked to the idea that acquiring English promotes personal, social, and economic development. The author takes…
Descriptors: Neoliberalism, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, English (Second Language)
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Roos, Jana; Nicholas, Howard – AILA Review, 2019
In this article we explore how primary school learners of English in Germany engage with examples of English that they were asked to locate in their local environments (their linguistic landscapes, LLs). In association with each located image, the learners completed a standardised worksheet in German that asked for brief written comments about its…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Foreign Countries
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Ó Duibhir, Pádraig; Ní Thuairisg, Laoise – AILA Review, 2019
There has been a long history of early Irish language learning in Ireland as a result of Government policy to promote greater use of Irish. All children learn Irish in school from age 4-18 years. The majority learn Irish as a subject, typically for 30-40 minutes per day, and the levels of competence achieved are mostly disappointing. Approximately…
Descriptors: Immersion Programs, Language Usage, Language Minorities, Language Maintenance
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Ragnarsdóttir, Hanna – AILA Review, 2019
Cultural and linguistic diversity of kindergarten children in Iceland has been growing rapidly in recent years (Reykjavíkurborg, Skóla- og frístundasvið, 2017; Statistics Iceland, 2017), creating challenges for kindergartens. The main aim of the paper is to explore how principals, kindergarten teachers and parents in three kindergartens in Iceland…
Descriptors: Multilingualism, Kindergarten, Preschool Teachers, Teacher Attitudes
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Enever, Janet – AILA Review, 2019
Around the world, the popularity of English has escalated, particularly at the primary school level (Butler, 2015), yet provision of sufficient qualified teacher expertise to meet demand continues to be inadequate. The OECD report on Equity and Quality in Education reports that: "The highest performing education systems are those that combine…
Descriptors: Equal Education, Elementary School Students, Kindergarten, Educational Quality
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Wilden, Eva; Porsch, Raphaela – AILA Review, 2019
This contribution presents the preliminary findings from the TEPS study ("Teaching English in Primary Schools"). The study is situated in Germany where primary foreign language (FL) education has been compulsory since 2004, with pupils beginning FL education -- mostly English as a FL (EFL) -- in either year 1 or 3. Generally, this…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Elementary School Teachers
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Da Costa Cabral, Ildegrada; Martin-Jones, Marilyn – AILA Review, 2017
This article reveals how center-periphery relations have unfolded, over time, in language policy processes in one nation--Timor-Leste--on the global periphery. We take a "longue durée" perspective on the language policy processes at work in this historical context, showing how different regimes of language were imposed, in the past, by…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Ethnography, Language Planning, Portuguese
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McKinney, Carolyn – AILA Review, 2015
This paper focuses on the lack of impact on language education of recent paradigm shifts in the study of language and society such as the recognition of the ideology of language[s] as stable, discrete or bounded entities and the reality of heteroglossic languaging and semiotic practices in everyday life. Using South Africa as a case, the paper…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Case Studies, Monolingualism, Multilingualism
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Cruz-Ferreira, Madalena – AILA Review, 2011
"First language acquisition" commonly means the acquisition of a single language in childhood, regardless of the number of languages in a child's natural environment. Language acquisition is variously viewed as predetermined, wondrous, a source of concern, and as developing through formal processes. "First language teaching" concerns schooling in…
Descriptors: Language Acquisition, Teaching Methods, Folk Culture, Native Language
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Harris, John – AILA Review, 2008
Although the vast majority of people in Ireland have at least some knowledge of Irish, only a small minority speak it as a community language (in Gaeltacht areas in the west) or in the more widely dispersed Irish-speaking households in the large English speaking area. Primary schools have had a central role in language revitalisation since the…
Descriptors: Irish, Language Maintenance, Elementary Schools, School Role