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Chambers, Gary – Language Learning Journal, 2019
Modern foreign languages (MFL) are now established on the timetable of English primary schools. This study accesses the views of the pupils on the experience of learning this relatively new subject and of making the transition to secondary school languages classes. By means of semi-structured interviews with the same sample of 18 pupils in Year 6…
Descriptors: Modern Languages, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Secondary School Students
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East, Martin – Language Learning Journal, 2019
The communicative language teaching approach that informs many school modern foreign language programmes has been realised in different ways as theorists and practitioners have sought to identify the most effective combinations of instruction and use [Mitchell, R. 2000. Applied linguistics and evidence-based classroom practice: the case of foreign…
Descriptors: Modern Languages, Second Language Learning, Second Language Programs, Foreign Countries
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Parrish, Abigail; Lanvers, Ursula – Language Learning Journal, 2019
This paper investigates the relationship between the decisions made by school leaders in England concerning their school policy for teaching modern foreign languages (MFL) post-14, and student motivation for MFL. Seventy head teachers, 119 heads of modern languages and 666 students aged 14-15 from schools in England took part in the…
Descriptors: Student Motivation, School Policy, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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Bell, Lucy; Lygo-Baker, Simon – Language Learning Journal, 2019
This paper examines student responses to a small-scale pilot of peer learning in undergraduate translation classes. It examines the possible benefits and risks of a learner-centred approach and explores these through feedback from two groups of undergraduate modern language students attending translation classes over a semester at a UK university.…
Descriptors: Translation, Student Centered Learning, Undergraduate Students, Peer Teaching
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Schröder, Konrad – Language Learning Journal, 2018
The paper gives an overview of FLT in the German-speaking regions of Europe from medieval times to the present day, within a framework of language politics, communicative needs and educational ideologies. The languages addressed are French, Italian, Spanish, English, Russian and Turkish. Basic social and professional data of the various groups of…
Descriptors: Modern Languages, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Educational History
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Extermann, Blaise – Language Learning Journal, 2018
This paper has two aims: firstly, it sketches the history of language teaching in France and francophone Switzerland over a period of 200 years, with a particular focus on the teaching of German. Secondly, it seeks to shed light on some of the francophone historiographical approaches which have influenced recent research in this area. Historical…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Modern Languages, Second Language Instruction, Historiography
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Dobson, Alan – Language Learning Journal, 2018
This article considers the provision of modern foreign languages (MFL) in England since the 1970s in the context of wider curricular change and also taking into account Europe-wide developments in MFL. It charts the changes implemented over almost three decades to England's National Curriculum for MFL at secondary level (from ages 11 to 16) and…
Descriptors: Modern Languages, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Foreign Countries
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Harper, Felicity; Green, Hannelore; Fernandez-Toro, María – Language Learning Journal, 2018
Written assessment--in both its senses as assessment of student writing and as written feedback on the task--is an essential part of the learning journey in foreign language learning; and at our distance-learning institution it is one of the main teaching strategies in the communication between tutors and students. In this research project, we…
Descriptors: Tutorial Programs, Computer Mediated Communication, Electronic Learning, Visual Aids
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Wingate, Ursula – Language Learning Journal, 2018
The number of pupils learning modern foreign languages (MFLs) beyond the age of 14 has fallen substantially over the last decade. Among other reasons, shortcomings in teaching methodology have been blamed for this situation. The methodology has been accused of applying the Communicative Language Teaching (CLT) approach in a selective way and not…
Descriptors: Modern Languages, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Communicative Competence (Languages)
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Aberdeen, Helen – Language Learning Journal, 2018
One of the key topics on any Modern Languages Postgraduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) course in the United Kingdom is the hotly debated issue of target language (TL) use. When and why do teachers use the TL in delivering lessons and when and why do they code switch into the learners' language? Does their practice change over time? Does it…
Descriptors: Longitudinal Studies, Comparative Analysis, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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Chambers, Gary – Language Learning Journal, 2018
Preparation and provision for transition between primary and secondary school get mixed reviews across all subjects. The literature suggests that modern languages is an area deserving particular attention. There are examples of good practice in transition, but the general picture is, at best, patchy. Researchers [e.g. Blondin, C., M. Candelier, P.…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Modern Languages, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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Foster, Frances – Language Learning Journal, 2018
This study comes in response to recent changes in UK policy, whereby Ancient Greek and Latin have been included alongside modern languages as part of the curriculum at Key Stage 2. It aims to understand how Ancient Greek is surviving and thriving in three different types of schools. After a short overview of the history of Greek teaching in the…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Language Attitudes, Questionnaires, Interviews
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Crichton, Hazel; Templeton, Brian; Valdera, Francisco – Language Learning Journal, 2017
Anxiety about "performing" in a foreign language in front of classmates may inhibit learners' contributions in the modern languages class through fear of embarrassment over possible error production. The issue of "face", perceived social standing in the eyes of others, presents a sensitive matter for young adolescents…
Descriptors: Error Correction, Self Concept, Adolescents, Anxiety
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Liviero, Sara – Language Learning Journal, 2017
This study investigates teachers' beliefs relating to grammar teaching in modern foreign language (MFL) learning in England. Focus on grammatical form has been consistently supported by linguistic research and teacher practice, and has progressively been reinstated in England's National Curriculum. However, MFL learning assessment in England has…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Teacher Attitudes, Beliefs, Second Language Instruction
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Gallardo, Matilde; Heiser, Sarah; Arias McLaughlin, Ximena – Language Learning Journal, 2017
This paper analyses teachers' engagement with collaborative and open educational practices to develop their pedagogical expertise in the field of modern language (ML) learning and specific learning difficulties (SpLD). The study analyses the findings of a staff development initiative at the Department of Languages, Open University, UK, in 2013,…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Learning Problems
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