Initial Teacher Education and English as an Additional Language

Dr Yvonne Foley (University of Edinburgh)
Dr Charles Anderson (University of Edinburgh)
Dr Jean Conteh (University of Leeds)
Jonathan Hancock (University of Edinburgh)

Funded by The Bell Foundation and Unbound Philanthropy 

This project explored provision for student teachers in England who are working with pupils learning EAL. It also examines to what extent teacher educators feel prepared to extend the knowledge base, skills and practices of student teachers as they seek to meet the needs of EAL learners. The project blends research and practice to develop modules for trainee teachers and teacher educators with the long-term aim of these professional learning materials being adopted by education providers. Data was collected in the form of tutor interviews, student-teacher focus group interviews and online questionnaires.

You can download a copy of the report here, and a copy of the executive summary here.

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Extending the 1+2 Language Strategy: Complementary schools and their role in heritage language learning in Scotland

Dr Andy Hancock (University of Edinburgh)
Jonathan Hancock (Centre for Education for Racial Equality in Scotland, University of Edinburgh)

The Scottish Government’s ambitious 1+2 Language Strategy, launched in 2012, has refocused attention on language policy in education and the provision for language learning in Scotland. Contained within the Strategy is a commitment for schools to further develop links involving ‘language communities’ to ‘derive maximum benefit from foreign language communities in Scotland’ . This research reports on a national survey of complementary school providers in order to gain insights into the perspectives of ‘language communities’ in Scotland in relation to heritage language learning and their awareness of the 1+2 Language Strategy. Data reveals a complex picture of provision for heritage language learning outside of mainstream schools and an untapped resource for language planning and valuing the linguistic diversity of school communities.  The research report concludes with a number of recommendations to inform and help shape future developments of the 1+2 Language Strategy.

You can download a copy of the report here. 

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