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Are you a teacher or researcher who has a good idea for practical language teaching? We would love you to share it here:  contact us.

And if you have any questions or comments about any of the 'ideas for practice' that you see here, or are wondering what to teach and how to teach it, don't hesitate to share your thoughts with others in the network - get in touch.


Early Language Learning Complexity and Mixed Methods
Edited by Janet Enever and Eva Lindgren. Multilingual Matters.

A collection of research studies on foreign or second language in the classroom.  Themes include English as an additional language, English as a second or foreign language, French as a modern foreign language, and content and language integrated learning (CLIL). Research included in the book was conducted in 13 countries: Cameroon, China, Croatia, Ethiopia, France, Germany, Italy, Kenya, Mexico, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Tanzania and the UK. The collection is of interest to in-service and trainee teachers of young language learners, graduate students in the field of TESOL and early language learning, teacher educators, researchers and policymakers.

How to improve children’s language awareness at primary school 

- an article in The Conversation, an independent online magazine featuring articles sourced from the academic and research community written for a general audience.

Looking for ideas? – check out IRIS, a repository of over 3,000 data collection materials for students, teachers and researchers. All materials on IRIS have been used to collect data for peer-reviewed publications. More information and links on our Resources page. 

Check out a link site: SUPL (Southampton University Primary Languages) - a group of primary foreign language researchers and teachers who are collaborating to design, implement and evaluate foreign language teaching resources. Like RiPL, they are committed to raising the profile of primary foreign languages, and to supporting schools to meet the challenges of the Primary National
Curriculum. SUPL has a particular focus on foreign language literacy. The aim is to co-construct primary FL literacy resources based on research-informed pedagogic principles. Teachers will trial and evaluate the resources, explore how they align with KS2 foreign language attainment targets and assess their potential contribution as formative assessment tools.

Interested in the history of primary MFL teaching? Want to know how we came to be where we are? Here we present brief histories of language teaching policy in primary schools to give context to current practice.