Friday, May 10, 2019

Teaching and Learning English in Kindergartens in Kaohsiung

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The importance of the English language is widely recognized in Taiwan. On one hand, the government encourages it for the internationalization of Taiwan. On the other hand, English is important for travel, international business, and an increased knowledge of technology and science.

English learning is very popular in Taiwan. This is evident by the increasing number of English cram schools1 for children and adults in Taiwan. People in Taiwan believe that English is the most important foreign language; so they try to learn it well. Unfortunately, even after they graduate from university, most people cannot speak English well. One reason for this is the lack of training in English speaking and listening at school. Schools in Taiwan mainly focus on grammar. Therefore, many people send their children to language cram schools to learn English as early as possible with hopes that their next generation will conquer this problem. Another reason for the increase in number of children who have an early start in learning English is that parents in Taiwan feel they should provide their children with a competitive educational advantage as early as possible.

1. Introduction
2. Theories about the optimal age for learning foreign languages
3 Foreign (second) language acquisition theory and foreign (second) language teaching
4. Factors of successful English learning for children
5. Kindergartens in Kaohsiung and in Taiwan
6. Analysis of the questionnaires
7 Observation of kindergarten English classes in Kaohsiung
8. Conclusions and suggestions regarding foreign language teaching in kindergartens
9. References
10. Appendix 1: Questionnaire for kindergarten directors
11. Appendix 2: Questionnaire for kindergarten and Chinese English teachers
12. Appendix 3: Questionnaire for foreign English teachers of kindergarten

Author Details
"Mei-Ling Chuang"

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