Teaching Young Foreign Language Learners in SE Europe


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Το συγκεκριμένο βιβλίο αναφέρεται στις παιδαγωγικές πρακτικές καλλιέργειας της ξένης γλώσσας σε μικρούς μαθητές και παρουσιάζει τα αποτελέσματα μιας εκτεταμένης έρευνας που διεξήχθη σε έξι χώρες της Νοτιοανατολικής Ευρώπης (Ελλάδα, Σερβία, Κύπρος, Αλβανία, Ρουμανία και Κροατία). Το βιβλίο καλύπτει θέματα της ευρωπαϊκής εκπαιδευτικής πολιτικής για την εκμάθηση των ξένων γλωσσών και εξετάζονται ζητήματα εφαρμογής/ακολουθίας της σε κάθε χώρα. Επίσης, παρουσιάζονται οι οπτικές των εκπαιδευτικών της ξένης γλώσσας αναφορικά με το πλαίσιο εκπαίδευσης μικρών μαθητών, εστιάζοντας στις πρακτικές ανάπτυξης/προσαρμογής/επιλογής εκπαιδευτικού υλικού, στις διδακτικές μεθόδους και μεθόδους αξιολόγησης, καθώς επίσης και στις πρακτικές προώθησης και αξιοποίησης της γλωσσικής και πολιτισμικής πολυμορφίας στις τάξεις της ξένης γλώσσας των μικρών μαθητών.


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”This study responds to the need for a comprehensive understanding of the pedagogical practices involving young learners. The study presents the results of an extensive research in six countries in South-Eastern Europe and spans all aspects of foreign language teaching and learning, from teacher education and teacher cognition, policy and materials  velopment and evaluation to intercultural awareness and alternative assessment. The book is an invaluable contribution to the growing research in the field of early foreign language learning”
Prof. Nikos Sifakis, University of Athens, Greece


”This book provides a thorough examination and investigation of teachers’ perspectives and practices with regard to young learners. This book is an important contribution in the field of teaching young learners as it can facilitate our understanding in the South-Eastern European countries’ policies and educational practices. The book also covers topics of lesson-plan design, modern methods of teaching and assessment, materials design and interculturalism, which are important “elements” for a teacher of the 21st century”
Prof. Shpresa Delija, University of Tirana, Albania


”Papadopoulos and Savic have produced an important contribution to the understanding of teaching young learners globally. Their focus on specific South-Eastern
European countries provides a window into an interesting set of educational contexts. I believe teachers and researchers interested in early foreign language learning will benefit from reading about locally-based teaching practices for young language learners that also address challenges of education in our multicultural, multilingual, and multimodal world”
Dr. Joan Kang Shin, George Mason University, U.S.A.

Introductory Chapter

Early FL Learning: policies and teaching practices

Early foreign language learning: Policy issues in Europe

Reflecting on benefits of early foreign language learning

Early language teaching: modern educational approaches

Creating an authentic learning environment

   Game Based learning: developing communication skills

   Game Based learning: developing intercultural awareness and skills

Creating a multimodal/digital learning environment

   Digital tools for early language learning

   Digital stories for early language learning

Creating an alternative assessment context

Concluding remarks



Chapter 1

Pedagogical and Teaching Practices for Young Language Learners:

how it all started, some notes

Our study


Chapter 2

European Language Policy on Early Language Learning:

investigating the Cypriot context

European Language Policy

Language Policy in Cyprus

The Cypriot Program of Early Foreign Language Learning

The Study

   Rationale and purpose of the study

   The participants



   Τeachers’ views on the “child” as a foreign language learner

   The teachers’ practices within young learners’ classrooms

Concluding Remarks



Chapter 3

Context-sensitive pedagogical knowledge and skills


Background of the Study: Literature Review

   Benefits and Challenges of an Early Start

   Young Learner Characteristics and Language Teaching Practice

TEYL in Serbia: Policy and Practices

   Primary FL Policy and Curriculum

   Teacher Profile

   Young Learner Profile

The Study








Limitations of the Study

   Pedagogical Implications

Future Research Directions



Chapter 4

Early foreign language teaching in the spotlight of interculturalism: the Greek education context


Theoretical Review

   Early foreign language learning and the situation in Greece

Intercultural Competencies and EFLL

The study

   Rationale of the study




   Teachers’ perspectives with regard to the “child” as a FL learner

Techniques implemented for the promotion of interculturalism in the young language learner classroom

Discussion & Conclusions



Chapter 5

Educational Materials for Teaching Young Learners: Experience from the Romanian Context


Literature Review

   An overview to early foreign language learning

      Benefits of early foreign language learning

      Challenges related to early foreign language learning

   The importance of educational materials in early foreign language learning

Early foreign language learning in South-Eastern Europe: the case of Romania

   National Policy – Short Diachronical Overview

   The Romanian education system and early foreign language learning

Questionnaire-based research

   The aim of the study


Description of the findings

Concluding Remarks



Chapter 6

Policy and Practice of Teaching English to Young Learners in Croatia: Teacher Perspective


Context of the study: EELL in Croatia

Teachers of English to Young Learners in Croatia

National documents that regulate early FL instruction in Croatia

The study

   Aims and research questions


   Instrument and procedure

   Results and discussion

   Teacher perceptions of priority areas of YLs’ language development

   Teacher perceptions of teaching approaches/activities frequently employed with YLs

   Interaction of findings




Chapter 7

Teachers of YLL position themselves with regard to the use of materials and assessment methods

Early foreign language learning

   Benefits of early foreign language learning

   Challenges related to early foreign language learning

   Early foreign language learning in Albania

      National Policy

      Education System

   The Importance of Educational Materials in Early foreign language learning

The study

   Rationale and purpose of the study



      Personal and professional information

Research Findings

   Perspectives on teaching behaviour within YLs’ classrooms

   Perspectives on materials-use for students’ early language learning

   Assessing language in the YLs’ classrooms

   Perspectives on Intercultural Learning within YLs’ classrooms




Chapter 8

A reflective account of the young language learners’ teaching practices in SE Europe

Concluding Remarks



Teaching Young Language Learners

   Background Information

   Perspectives on Teaching Behaviour within YLs’ classrooms

   Perspectives on material-use for students’ early language learning

   Assessing language in the YLs’ classrooms

   Perspectives on Intercultural Learning within YLs’ classrooms

Vera Savić

Vera Savić, PhD, is Assistant Professor and Head of Philological Department at the University of Kragujevac, Faculty of Education in Jagodina, Serbia. She has developed and delivered courses in applied linguistics and TEYL to preservice and in-service EFL teachers. Her research focuses mainly on early language learning and teaching and FL teacher education and professional development. She has presented papers at a number of international conferences in Europe and the USA, and published extensively in the area of TEYL.    

Παπαδόπουλος Ισαάκ

Ο Ισαάκ Μ. Παπαδόπουλος είναι ερευνητής στο πεδίο της Εφαρμοσμένης Γλωσσολογίας με έμφαση στη διδακτική της γλώσσας και τη διαχείριση της πολυγλωσσίας. Έχει διδάξει στο Ευρωπαϊκό Πανεπιστήμιο Κύπρου και στο Ινστιτούτο «ΔΗΜΗΤΡΑ» μαθήματα που σχετίζονται με τη Διδασκαλία της Γλώσσας σε μικρούς μαθητές, Πολυτροπικότητα/Πολυγραμματισμούς καθώς επίσης και με την Παιδαγωγική/Προσχολική Παιδαγωγική. Έχει παρουσιάσει την έρευνά του σε διεθνή κι εθνικά συνέδρια ενώ έχει δημοσιεύσει κεφάλαια σε βιβλία/συλλογικούς τόμους, όπως επίσης και άρθρα σε διεθνή περιοδικά και πρακτικά συνεδρίων.