Young EFL Learners. Dr. Ofra Inbar Beit Berl College &Tel-Aviv University Teacher Education and School Reform and Development Sixth Israeli-German Symposium, October, 2005. The content of the talk. Language learning at a young age The spread of English
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Dr. Ofra Inbar
Beit Berl College &Tel-Aviv University
Teacher Education and School Reform and Development
Sixth Israeli-German Symposium, October, 2005
Informal (home) environment
vs. formal school setting
Home (natural) environment:
Depend on: Purpose, setting, frequency, teacher, resources, language
Discussion: Somewhat Passé
Especially with regard to English
Emergence of English as a World Language due to
Inner: Britain, USA, Canada, Australia, etc.
Outer: Nigeria, Singapore, India (New Englishes)
Expanding: Israel, Netherlands, Germany, etc.
Singlish in Singapore
Native of standard (inner Circle) English or bilingual, non-native English speaker?
The younger the better move to lower age. Currently: grade one
Who has the advantage
Till recently: Lack of training in EFL teacher education programs
(Program component in Beit Berl since 2001)
In-Progress Research:Home Room teachers teaching English in Grade OneHeaded by Prof. Elana Shohamy, Tel-Aviv University Initiated and Funded by the Israeli Ministry of Education
Programs (3 programs are being examined)
Teacher’s Knowledge-Base (English teachers vs. home room teachers)
Attitudes of the public (high level administrators, principals, parents)
Students: achievements, attitudes, self-assessment
Sample of 7 schools:
Specific age appropriate and language level considerations