British Council Wales is planning to commission research into modern language teaching in primary schools in Wales
We wish to commission a study of selected primary schools that have already introduced international languages as part of their curriculum with a view to better understanding the rationale and methodologies implemented and to evidence any impact on attainment to enable best practice to be shared.
We envisage that this study will look at the following:
1. An analysis of the rationale for the decision of the head teacher to integrate modern languages within the primary curriculum.
2. An analysis of how the introduction of modern languages within the primary schools was planned and implemented. This will include decisions on which languages to introduce; staff language requirements and levels; any CPD required; curriculum development and implementation; resources needed.
3. A qualitative and quantitative assessment of the role that modern languages have played in improving attainment. This will include qualitative feedback from head teachers, teachers and governors (and any feedback from feeder secondary schools where relevant) plus any quantitative impact, for example on literacy / numeracy tests etc.
4. A core set of recommendations on how modern foreign languages may be implemented in primary schools and how an analysis of longer-term outcomes related to attainment could be tracked.