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Long-term effects of Learning English

Experiences from Japanese Primary Schools


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Shigeo Uematsu
    Pages 1-9
  3. Shigeo Uematsu
    Pages 11-45
  4. Shigeo Uematsu
    Pages 47-59
  5. Shigeo Uematsu
    Pages 61-94
  6. Shigeo Uematsu
    Pages 95-105
  7. Shigeo Uematsu
    Pages 107-118
  8. Shigeo Uematsu
    Pages 119-127
  9. Shigeo Uematsu
    Pages E1-E1
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 129-160

About this book


This book presents a pioneering longitudinal study on English language instruction at the elementary school (ELES) level in the Japanese public school system. It attempts to identify those domains most sensitive to early English instruction by employing a state-of-the-art quantitative research methodology. English education was formally introduced in Japan for fifth and sixth graders in 2011 and is still in its infancy as a program. This study compares two groups (Grade 7 and 8) of students, one with ELES and one without, in order to shed light on their experiences. Comparisons are carried out not only quantitatively, measuring changes in English skills (listening, speaking, reading, and vocabulary / grammar) and the ELES students’ affective aspects, but also qualitatively through in-depth interviews. Thus, this study attempts to capture the ELES students’ experiences from a multi-dimensional perspective. The comprehensive literature review provided offers a valuable resource not only for researchers looking for a quick digest of the literature in this field before undertaking their own research, but also for policy-makers seeking to assess how to best implement ELES.


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Graduate School of Foreign LanguageKyoto Sangyo UniversityKyotoJapan

About the authors

Dr. Shigeo Uematsu is Professor in the Department of Cultural Studies and the Graduate School of Foreign Language at Kyoto Sangyo University, Kyoto, Japan. He has published in several areas of second language acquisition mainly focusing on the investigation of the age effect on the acquisition of the target foreign language. English Language Learning and the Critical Period (2006), The Age Factor (multi-authored volume, 2011). His recent publication is The Effect of English Learning in Elementary School on Students' English Language Development in Junior High Schools. The Journal of Asia TEFL (2013).

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Long-term effects of Learning English
  • Book Subtitle Experiences from Japanese Primary Schools
  • Authors Shigeo Uematsu
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media Singapore 2015
  • Publisher Name Springer, Singapore
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law Education (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-981-287-492-4
  • Softcover ISBN 978-981-10-1377-5
  • eBook ISBN 978-981-287-493-1
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XI, 160
  • Number of Illustrations 19 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Language Education
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