ERIC Number: ED389190
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
"Knowledge about Language," Language Learning, and the National Curriculum. Final Report. Occasional Papers, 19.
Mitchell, Rosamond; And Others
The report summarizes a British research project, part of a larger initiative on educational quality, concerning the extent of secondary students' knowledge about the nature of language, native and foreign, alongside development of practical language skills. The main study was an empirical investigation of the teaching of English and foreign languages at year 9 in three schools. It documented teachers' beliefs and practices with regard to knowledge about language (KAL) and the current state of year 9 pupils' knowledge in five areas (language as a system, language learning/development, language variation by use and by user, language change). The pupils' use of KAL in language performance and the relationship between their developing understanding of language and language learning were also studied. Results of another study were also re-analyzed for data concerning these issues at year 7. Overall, the project revealed substantial levels of KAL-related activity in English and foreign languages within the schools, and some suggestions of its positive contribution to learning, especially in writing. It is concluded, however, that given the fragmented and episodic nature of mush KAL work, its full potential contribution to pupils' development as language users is not being realized. Suggestions for improvement are made. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Southampton Univ. (England). Centre for Language Education.
Identifiers: United Kingdom
Note: For a related paper, see FL 023 399.