The Critical Period Hypothesis and English Language Education: EFL at primary and middle schools in JapanThe Critical Period Hypothesis and English Language Education: EFL at primary and middle schools in JapanAA12124651
316 , 2018-02-15 , 鳴門教育大学 , Naruto University of Education
English learning is considered an important priority in Japanese Education. The new Courses of Study encouraging English Activities and Education for elementary schools has just been released in 2017. In regards to successful language learners,age has long been considered a key factor. Many researchers have focused for a long time on age‐related studies in second language acquisition. This paper examines past research on the Critical Period Hypothesis (CPH) and discusses how English education has been conducted in Japanese schools. Finally, considering all the evidence of the EFL environment in Japan and the CPH, ideas that help EFL learners in Japan overcome the CPH and become successful learners will be presented.