LINGUIST List 27.470

Mon Jan 25 2016

Confs: Applied Ling/UK

Editor for this issue: Amanda Foster <>

Date: 23-Jan-2016
From: Florence Myles <>
Subject: The Learning of Foreign Languages in Primary Schools in England: Issues and Challenges
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The Learning of Foreign Languages in Primary Schools in England: Issues and Challenges

Date: 18-Mar-2016 - 19-Mar-2016
Location: Colchester, Essex, United Kingdom
Contact: Florence Myles
Contact Email: < click here to access email >
Meeting URL:

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics

Meeting Description:

Supported by BAAL/CUP, this two-day event will initiate an in-depth dialogue between researchers from a range of disciplines and practitioners. The aim is to investigate and report on fundamental issues raised by the introduction in September 2014 of foreign languages as a compulsory part of the National Curriculum in primary schools in England. It will focus on seven broad themes:

- The role that age plays in the learning of foreign languages in the classroom;
- Multilingual children in the foreign language classroom;
- Linguistic development and expectations in primary school age children;
- Pedagogy and teacher expertise for this age group;
- Curriculum models appropriate for young children;
- Cultural competence and intercultural understanding in young children;
- The relationship between literacy, foreign language learning and wider academic achievement.

State of the art reviews on each of these themes will be presented by lead speakers, followed by discussion of current research findings, gaps in knowledge and research priorities. The seminar will conclude with a round-table discussion identifying a programme of action and setting up working groups, in collaboration with professional representatives.

Confirmed speakers:

Nalini Boodhoo (University of East Anglia); Gbriele Budach (Université du Luxembourg); Louise Courtney (University of Reading); Patricia Driscoll (Canterbury Christ Church University); Suzanne Graham (University of Reading); Bernardette Holmes (Consultant/ Cambridge); Rowena Kasprowicz (University of York); Gee Macrory (Manchester Metropolitan University); Emma Marsden (University of York); Sally Maynard (York St John University); Jane Medwell (University of Nottingham); Rosamond Mitchell (University of Southampton); Carmen Muñoz (University of Barcelona); Victoria Murphy (University of Oxford); Florence Myles (University of Essex); Alison Porter (University of Southampton); Katherine Richardson (University of Nottingham); Karen Roehr-Brackin (University of Essex); Antonella Sorace (University of Edinburgh).

Places are limited to 30 participants, including two free places for research students; for further details, please visit To register, email


Friday 18 March

9.30 – 10.15:
Registration and Opening

10.15 – 11.15:
Session 1 – The role of age
Speakers: Florence Myles (University of Essex); Victoria Murphy (University of Oxford)

11.15 – 11.35: Coffee break

11.35 – 12.35:
Session 2 - Multilingualism and additional language learning
Speakers: Antonella Sorace (University of Edinburgh); tbc.

12.35 – 13.30: Lunch

13.30 – 14.30:
Session 3 - Linguistic progression
Speakers: Emma Marsden/Rowena Kasprowicz (University of York); Carmen Munoz (University of Barcelona)

14.30 – 15.30:
Session 4 - Pedagogy and teacher expertise
Speakers: Louise Courtney (University of Reading); Katherine Richardson (University of Nottingham)

15.30 – 15.50: Coffee break

15.50 – 16.50
End of day one round table: Discussants, Nalini Boodhoo, Gee Macrory

19.00: Conference dinner

Saturday 19 March

9.30 – 10.30:
Session 5 – The Curriculum
Speakers: Suzanne Graham (University of Reading); Sally Maynard (University of York St John)

10.30 – 11.30:
Session 6 – Intercultural understanding
Speakers: Patricia Driscoll (University of Canterbury Christ Church); Gabriele Budach (Université du Luxembourg)

11.30 – 11.50: Coffee break

11.50 – 12.50:
Session 7 - Literacy and wider academic achievement
Speakers: Alison Porter (University of Southampton); Jane Medwell (University of Nottingham)

12.50 – 13.50: Lunch

13.50 – 14.50:
End of day 2 round table: discussants Bernadette Holmes (Born Global); Rosamond Mitchell (University of Southampton)

14.50 – 15.10: Coffee break

15.10 – 16.00:
Plans for the future – round table
Programme of action; comments from professional representatives, setting up of working groups and future events
Florence Myles, Rosamond Mitchell; Karen Roehr-Brackin, Alison Porter

Page Updated: 25-Jan-2016