早期英語教育の効果についての考察 : ある小学校英語教育事例の追跡調査からの報告 On some effects of starting English at early ages : A report of the Iwaki English program and its graduates
This paper augues that starting English at the elementary school level in a good program seems to increase the students chances of success in their English study at junior high school. The claim is based on the author7s on-going observational study of how a group of students are learing English at junior high after experiencing 3 years of a skill-based English program provided at their elementary schools, which are located in Iwaki Towm in Akita. When compared with other groups of students who did not have such a program. Iwaki's students exhibit superiority, as expected, in the skill areas that were emphasized in the program, such as listening and the letter-sound correspondence. They also show better attitudinal properties in the classroom, such as greater eagerness and better concentration. In addition, many of them appear to have internalized the unmarked accentual pattern of English: they somehow "know" that content words such as nouns, verbs and adjectives receive stress, with the greated stress on the final word of the sentence. The author believes that the learning could have taken place at the subconscious level through accumulated exposure to spoken English in the iwaki program. A follow-up study in planned to assess the abilities of individual students.
富山県立大学紀要 15, 97-104, 2005-03-31