Teaching and Learning Languages in Primary Schools: Putting Research into Practice

Our MOOC is ready to go! A MOOC is a Massive Open Online Course, a hugely popular way of delivering interactive courses, and we have our very own course embodying the very essence of RiPL – the symbiotic relationship between research and practice. If you are interested in primary language teaching and learning, and would like to follow our MOOC CPD course – read on! 

Who is the course for?

The course welcomes pre- and in-service teachers, teacher educators, school leaders and parents; in fact, anyone who has ever wondered how primary school children learn foreign languages, what motivates them and how we can ensure children’s successful progress. 

Who designed the course, and why?

The MOOC was planned and prepared by a team of researchers at the Universities of Southampton, Essex and Reading to encourage research-informed practice in primary foreign language classrooms.

What are the weekly themes?

The course focuses on key themes such as motivation and engagement, language development and literacy.

The MOOC is a three-week course, and each week, you will be guided through some of the answers research has provided to issues surrounding these key themes. We draw out the pedagogical implications of these findings, looking at which pedagogical tools are appropriate, and why they work. 

What will I achieve?

The MOOC is interactive and there are three staged pathways, evaluator, reflector, and innovator. You can explore and choose any or all of these. There are many opportunities to engage and reflect, with self-tests and engagement questions.  By the end of the course, you should have a better understanding of the latest young language learning research, and be able to reflect and experiment with new resources to expand your language teaching practice. There are also plenty of tips and ideas to think about and try.

MOOC start dates:

The MOOC will run three times over the next year. Each time will be slightly different as with the easing of Lockdown we should be able to fulfil our original intentions and film different activiites in schools. Dates below are start dates, but remember that you can join at any time after a session has launched and work through it at your convenience. 

6th July 2020   >

October 2020 

(provisional date)

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