AsiaTEFL Logo
AsiaTEFL MENU
Indexed in SCOPUS
About AsiaTEFL
Notice
2023 Conference
Conference
Webinars
AsiaTEFL Book Series
AsiaTEFL Links
Gallery
The Journal of Asia TEFL
Information of the Journal
Submission Guidelines
Ethical Guidelines
Manuscript Submission
Editorial Board
Past Issues
Journal Order
Membership
Contact Us
My Page
Past Issues
Go List

Volume 9 Number 4, Winter 2012, Pages 1-189   


PDF Download
   

The Effect of English Learning in Elementary School on Students' English Language Development in Junior High School

    Shigeo Uematsu


This study was an investigation of the effect of English as a Foreign Language at Elementary Schools (EFLES) in Japan on students' later English language learning in junior high school. The participants were a total of 2,000 public junior high school students in grades 7, 8, and 9 (about 220-260 students in each grade for a three-year research period). The participants received from 10-90 hours of EFLES in grades 5 and 6 of local public elementary schools. The amount of EFLES implementation basically increased every year. The research question was: To what degree does EFLES affect the students' future English skill development in vocabulary and grammar, reading, and listening measured by standardized tests administered respectively in grades 7, 8, and 9? The positive effect of EFLES was observed in the grade 7 students who had received 90 hours of EFLES classes since grade 4. An advantage was shown in higher English test scores for vocabulary and grammar, reading, and listening, though it did not reach a statistically significant level. In speaking tests conducted in grade 8, students' scores improved each year to a statistically significant level with large effect sizes (d = 1.23, d = .80 for story-telling test).

Keywords: EFL, elementary school, speaking, Japanese secondary learners



JACET
KAFLE
KOTESOL
MELTA
ThaiTESOL
HAAL
TEFLIN
IGSE
단체명: AsiaTEFL (아시아영어교육학회)
고유번호: 605-82-77130
소재지: 광주광역시 광산구 호남대길 59, 1층 4101호
대표자: 박주경