Design and Implementation of an EFL Materials Evaluation Tool for Young Japanese LearnersDesign and Implementation of an EFL Materials Evaluation Tool for Young Japanese Learners Design and Implementation of an EFL Materials Evaluation Tool for Young Japanese Learners
With MEXT initiative to implement English as a core subject at the 4th and 5th grade of Elementary school and devoting approximately 8 hours per month in principle for 3rd and 4th graders has meant that students are learning at an earlier age (MEXT, 2014). In recent years, English as a foreign language (EFL) instruction in Japanese kindergartens and nursery schools has increased annually (MEXT, 2011). As a natural progression the need for appropriate Syllabus design and the importance of suitable material selection for young learners (YL) cannot be overlooked particularly as these issues are viewed as it is instrumental in promoting learner motivation (Hughes, 2014). The present study investigated the design of a materials selection tool that may be used as an assessment tool for selection of potential commercial materials for the purpose of implementation in a Japanese Kindergarten setting for 5-6 year old EFL learners. The design,evaluation, and pilot test of a materials evaluation tool were provided as well as possible gaps in the evaluated material identified. In an effort to satisfy the criteria for the desired materials,a presentation of supplemental materials was provided. The tool was found to be and efficient but due to design lacking in space to provide more specific information that might be useful for material selection.