Parents’ Attitudes Towards Exposing Their Children to English in Algerian Primary Education


  •  Raouia Manseur    
  •  Mohammed Nassim Negadi    

Abstract

Along with the internationalisation of English, many parents demanded teaching English at the level of primary education in Algeria. The latter is commonly known as the second largest Francophone country where French is set as an official first foreign language in the Constitution and given priority over the international language which is set as the second foreign language. English has no clear status and is not given importance as French at the institutional and political level. The present study aims at identifying the attitudes of parents in South, West, East and North of Algeria towards exposing their children to English at the primary school level in the future. It also centers on specifying the reason why these parents want to expose their children to English at an early age. Qualitative and quantitative data were obtained through the use of questionnaires administered to 275 parents. The results revealed that positive attitudes were expressed by the parents from different areas of Algeria towards exposing their children to English as the language fosters their education and career and keep them abreast of the world developments. The current study represents an impetus for promoting English in Algeria and directing more attention and importance to it.



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