Primary school English curriculum : A policy analysis
Abstract This study is to investigate the implementation of primary school English curriculum from the angle of educational sociology, analyzing the background, influence factors, decision-making process and possible problems of primary school English policy. At last some conclusions and suggestions are proposed to refine primary school English curriculum. The main purposes of this study are: 1. To realize the background and context of implementing primary school English curriculum 2. To analyze influence factors in constituting primary school English curriculum 3. To explore the condition and problems of primary school English teaching 4. To make some suggestions of implementing primary school English teaching The main research questions are: 1. How does the English culture impact native culture while implementing primary school English teaching? 2. Does the decision-making process of primary school English curriculum policy have any problem? 3. Does the implementation of primary school English teaching aggravate the phenomenon of class reproduction and hence go against the social justice of compulsory education? 4. Are the training programs of primary school English teachers suitable? 5. Does implementing primary school English curriculum expand the difference between urban and rural area? The study has found that: 1. Primary school English curriculum is the government policy. English ability is the key to personal promotion and employment. 2. The policy of implementing primary school English teaching is made from practical point of view. 3. Primary school English teacher’s training programs are imperfect. 4. Implementing primary school English curriculum has expanded the difference between urban and rural area and aggravated the class reproduction. Finally suggestions of primary school English policy are made.