Primary languages: The impact of teaching approaches

Professor Suzanne Graham and Dr Louise Courtney

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This study explored the impact of two teaching approaches within the primary modern languages (PML) classroom on outcomes for learners, both in terms of their knowledge of the underlying grammatical system of the language, and their ‘readiness’ for further study at secondary school level. Two different approaches to language teaching were investigated across 9 schools (approximately 240 learners), tracking learners through Years 5, 6 and 7 – a largely oral approach, focusing on listening and speaking, and a more literacy-based approach, incorporating reading and writing as well.