Learning French in the UK setting: Policy, classroom engagement and attainable learning outcomes

Rosamond Mitchell, Florence Myles

Language education policy, Foreign language learning


Due to the contemporary dominance of English as global lingua franca, all other “foreign languages” face a number of challenges in formal education. This paper describes the recent evolution of policy and practice regarding foreign language education in England, with a particular focus on early language learning. Evidence from a classroom study of French as foreign language is used to illustrate primary school instructional practices and children’s engagement in this setting, and their learning outcomes. Conclusions are drawn concerning sustainable approaches to the teaching of languages other than English in the early school years, in an English-dominated linguistic landscape.

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