One-page, reader-friendly summaries of research

Together, teachers and researchers form a very productive partnership, one that can really help improve language teaching and learning.  Of course, teachers know best what is going on in their own classrooms and they have the expert practical knowledge that can - and should - inform research. On the other hand, researchers have looked into the background and theory behind the practice, and their conclusions may help inform teacher practice.

We have been writing one-page, reader-friendly summaries of lots of research articles and book chapters to make research findings more accessible to everyone interested in primary-school language teaching, and we hope that practising teachers may find them interesting and informative. We will be posting them under our key theme areas as soon as they are ready. Click through the buttons below: they will take you straight to the theme pages where the summaries are hosted.

We are on the look-out for more summaries, so if you would like to write one for us of some research that you have found interesting and useful, please get in touch. And if they inspire you to want to do some of your own research, if you are a classroom practitioner teaching foreign languages in a primary school and have an idea for a project that you would like investigated or evaluated, contact us, or write to the email address of one of the theme leaders; the addresses appear at the bottom of the theme pages - they will be more than happy to help!

Ideas, however small, are valuable springboards into future research.

And if you are already implementing a novel idea in the classroom - maybe one that you've thought up yourself, or with teacher colleagues - and are wondering if there is research to back it, or whether there is a researcher also keen on the idea who might be prepared to scientifically evaluate your work for you, then this is the page for you, too. Have an idea? - please let us know!

Click on the buttons below for summaries of research

Teachers informing research and research informing practice