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Promoting the take-up of languages and student mobility

Action-research on school student motivation for languages learning at key transition points

Wednesday, 3 September, 2008 - 01:00 to Wednesday, 31 December, 2008 - 00:00
London Metropolitan University

This proposal is to enhance teachers’ professional learning through the process of practitioner research by teachers.

Teachers will investigate school student motivation for languages learning at key transition points to find out why languages take-up in KS4 and post 16 is so low – providing evidence in the form of student voices.


  1. Identifying sample of schools/teachers and students: 6 teachers (3 from different primary schools and 3 from different secondary schools) Primary teachers would work with one class of 25, secondary teachers with one KS3 and one KS4 class
  2. CPD input for teachers to support
  • development of design for teacher research (eg questionnaires, focus group etc) – to include ethical considerations.
  • implementing research process
  • Presentation of findings, interpretation and analysis.

       3.  Teachers writing overview report recommendations

       4. Final report and dissemination to schools


Aims and Objectives

This activity will add information that is local to the linguistically diverse London context and focussed on key transition points, to existing research on motivation for language learning (such as studies summarised in Dornyei and Ushioda 2009 and the Routes into Languages 2007 survey at the point of transition to University).

The use of teachers as action researchers to obtain data in the form of student voices is also new and will enable teachers to be closely engaged with the issues and future actions.

Target Group and Beneficiaries

  • Six schools
  • Sample of 75 students at each transition point = 225 students overall.
  • 6 teachers as researchers to research student perceptions of languages study


Please note that in the case of non-show or late cancellation, we reserve the right to invoice your school to contribute to costs incurred.