Evaluation of Preschool English Language Instruction in Isfahan: A Survey and Classroom Observation

Hossein Siahpoosh, Zohre Noroozi


This study examines the state of English language teaching (ELT) at preschools in Isfahan Iran. It is important to know what is happening in preschool English classes and how parents’ viewpoints are toward the foreign language education of their children in the kindergartens. The current study examines the results of the questionnaire administrated to parents of local kindergartens to find out their expectations of proposed early English program for their children. The findings from the observations revealed that the English teachers of private kindergartens had an access to new methods and approaches as the lessons are implemented with various authentic materials which encompass teaching songs, poems, and tales. The material and books used by the teachers were mostly different. The implications of the study offer suggestions for EFL teachers, students(kids), material developers, researchers, kindergarten principals, parents and ministry of education.


Pre School, Materials, Parent’s point of view, Parent’s satisfaction

Full Text:



Arıkan, A. & Taraf, H. (2010). Contextualizing young learners’ English lessons with cartoons: Focus on grammar and vocabulary. Procedia-Social and Behavioral Sciences 2(2), 5212-5215.

Bodrova, E., Leong, D., Painter D. & Semenov D. (2000). A Framework for Early literacy Instrauction : Aligning Standards to Developmental Accomplishments and student Behaviors. MCREL.

Cameron, L. (2001). Teaching Languages to Young Learners.UK: Cambridge: MIT Press.

Cameron, L. (2003). Challenges for ELT from the expansion in teaching children. ELT Journal 57(2), 105-112.

Chambers, G. N. (1999). Motivating Language Learners.UK: Multilingual Matters Ltd.

Chomsky, N. (1965). Aspects of the Theory of Syntax. Cambridge: MITPress.

Cook, V. (1991). Second Language Learning and Language Teaching. London: Edward Arnold.

D’enfants, J. (2006). The kindergarten program. Une publication equivalente est disponible en français sous le titre suivant. http://www.edu.gov.on.ca.

Ghomaishi, M. (2005). Translation of Second Language Learning Development. Methods of Teaching English in Iran, 34(10),8-22.

Kozol, J. (1996). Days of Heaven. In W. Ayers, (ED). To Become a Teacher: Making a Difference in Children’s Lives. New York: Teachers College Press.

Lile, W. T. (2002). Motivation in the ESL Classroom. TESL Journal, 8(1).

Lim, C.H. (1997). Mathematics Education in Rural Malaysia: A Case Study of the Impact of rapid Industrialization in Malaysia. Unpublished Ph.D thesis. Care:Uea.

Madaus, G.F. & Kellanghan, T. (1992). Curriculum Evaluation and Assessment. In P.W. Jackson, (ED). Handbook of Research on Curriculum. New York: MacMillanpp.119-154.

Madaus, G.F. (1991). The Effects of Important Tests on Students, 73(3), 226 – 231.

Mahatir, M. (1991) Malaysia: The Way Forward. Paper Presented at The Malaysian Business Council. Kuala Lumpur.

Meshkatodini, M. (2003). Language Development and Theories of Kid's Learning. Literature and Humanities College: Tehran University.

Moghimi, M. (2003). The standards of teachers and principals in Iranian kindergartens, Tehran: Education Ministry, Quality Improvement and Standard Guiding Office.

Mohid, S.A. (2003). English Language Teaching in Primary Schools: Policy and Implementation Concepts. International Languages Teacher Training Institute Lembah Pantai:Kuala Lumpur.


  • There are currently no refbacks.

Copyright (c) 2020 Journal of Applied Linguistics and Language Research