Here we house a collection of resources for teachers and researchers to use in their teaching and studies. These include simple links to other websites and small summaries of activities or materials that people have developed themselves or have found useful to pass on to others. Please help us build the collection. If you have anything that you would like to share that might be useful for foreign language teaching or research in primary schools, do please get in touch.
At nattalingo.co.uk, you can access free book recommendations from Nathalie who specialises in the use of picture books in language teaching. Every week, Nathalie chooses a story and adds to her book blog : she tells you about the story and how you may exploit it with your pupils. She also records a short monthly podcast aimed at supporting primary languages practitioners on a variety of topics. Do tune in!
The Language Magician
The Language Magician is a computer game for assessing language learning in the primary school. It has been developed as part of a European partnership, funded by Erasmus+, led by the Goethe Institute and involving partners from four European countries. The game is available at two levels of difficulty: Level 1, suitable for use after 50 to 70 hours of instruction; Level 2, after 70 to 100 hours of instruction. It is available in English, German, Italian, Spanish and French. More information.
Designing and Evaluating a Digital Game for Grammar Learning
Grammar teaching is perceived to be a substantial challenge and many FL teachers in the UK would like more digital resources for grammar teaching. Click below to see a presentation on the design and evaluation of a new digital game. The game uses ‘Form-Meaning Mapping’, that is listening/reading activities designed to focus attention on the grammatical form and its meaning, and teaches verb inflections (tense, number) in French. Findings were very encouraging and show the potential of digital games, informed by learning theory, for facilitating explicit grammar learning at primary level. Kasprowicz and Marsden
IRIS is a repository of data collection materials which aims to improve the openness and replicability of research, thereby increasing opportunities for research. IRIS now holds over 3,200 materials and has had over 18,700 downloads from students, teachers and researchers. The data collection instruments held by IRIS can be used or adapted to undertake research within different contexts and classrooms, including communicative tasks, questionnaires, interview protocols, observation schedules, various teaching tasks for intervention studies (e.g. Processing Instruction) and software scripts for experiments. All materials on IRIS have been used to collect data for peer-reviewed publications. View our FAQs for more information. Follow IRIS on Facebook.
OASIS (Open Accessible Summaries in Language Studies) initiative aims to make research findings on language learning and teaching available and accessible to a wide audience. Check it out! We have summaries of articles on language teaching in primary schools here on RiPL, but OASIS have a range from all research fields.