Further reading, pedagogy and research

There is a wealth of research into the teaching of speaking, within the field of Second Language Acquisition (SLA). This selection directs teachers to a smaller selection of recent research and other readings, which have direct relevance to the teaching of foreign languages within the current British school context.

The Professional Development Consortium in Modern Foreign Languages (PDC in MFL) gives teachers access to eight key principles of teaching and learning languages, which are based on research evidence. The Consortium was set up by researchers at the University of Reading Institute of Education and University of Oxford Department of Education. It is made up of classroom language teachers, teacher trainers and researchers in England.

Learning to talk and talking to learn: how spontaneous teacher-learner interaction in the secondary foreign languages classroom provides greater opportunities for L2 learning.

ALL Connect materials
Don’t forget to access the CPD modules and follow up resources for KS2 Speaking and KS3 Speaking.

Links into Languages: There are also really excellent ideas and resources available from Links into Languages Linked Up projects that focused particularly on indpendence in speaking.

Available to ALL members within the Language Zones:
(sign in to the Members’ Area)

  • Speaking spontaneously in the modern foreign languages classroom: tools for supporting successful target language conversation.
  • Learning to Talk and Talking to Learn
  • The link between vocabulary knowledge and spoken L2 fluency
  • The perceived value of videoconferencing with primary pupils learning to speak a modern language
  • What do learners' beliefs about speaking reveal about their awareness of learning strategies?
  • Achieving student autonomy in speaking through the use of interactive video
  • Immersion language learning: a game changer?
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