Supporting early oral language skills for preschool ELL in an EFL context, Mauritius: Possibilities and challenges

Resource Type: Reports & Papers
Author(s): Owodally, Ambarin Mooznah Auleear
Date Issued: February, 2015
Description: In Mauritius, Kreol is the home language of the majority of school children, while English is the main language of literacy and the main written medium of instruction as from the first year of primary schooling. This has had a backwash effect on the preschool sector, where English is introduced. A cross-sectional study of local preschools revealed that while English number names are systematically taught, there is less planning in the teaching of general English vocabulary. This article reports on a comparative study of a 'regular' English preschool class and an Oral English Intervention Programme in two local preschools over 2005. The comparison between pre-test and post-test results showed that the children in both programmes improved significantly in receptive English vocabulary, with the experimental subjects unsurprisingly outperforming the 'regular' group. However, the implementation of the intervention programme revealed the many potential challenges of teaching English to pre-schoolers in an English-poor environment. (author abstract)
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Journal Title: Early Child Development and Care
Volume Number: 185
Issue Number: 2
Page Range: 226-243
Topics: Children & Child Development > Children with Special Needs & Special Child Populations > Native Language

International Child Care & Early Education > Single-Country Studies

Programs, Interventions & Curricula
Country: Mauritius
ISSN: 1476-8275 Online
0300-4430 Paper
Peer Reviewed: yes
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