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Early Language Learning: What it (can) look(s) like…

24 October 2019, 09:00 — 25 October 2019, 17:00

Lucy Cavendish College, University of Cambridge

In the context of the AHRC Open World Initiative and the MEITS project (, we are running a two-day workshop (October 24 and 25) in Cambridge entitled Early language learning in school: What it (can) look(s) like.

The aim of the workshop is to discuss what language learning in primary and lower secondary school looks (or can look) like. We hope that this workshop will promote foreign language learning and support the transition from primary to secondary school as part of a broad and balanced curriculum. To this end, it brings together academics from the UK and EU with teachers of modern foreign languages in primary and secondary schools, teacher trainers and policy makers from the UK.

Our main speakers are a mix of experienced practitioners, teacher trainers and academics, who will talk about successes and difficulties with language teaching and learning in their contexts and present practical tips for the classroom. We hope that the workshop will provide a platform for participants to exchange original ideas, share best practice and deepen their understanding of language teaching and learning.

The provisional programme for the workshop can be found below.

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Early Language Learning Workshop programme

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Presentation Paula Ambrossi

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Presentation Darnelle Constant-Shepherd

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Presentation Katherine Monument

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Presentation Victoria Murphy

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Presentation Florence Myles

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Presentation Lid King

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Presentation Simone Pfenninger

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Presentation Sarah Schechter

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Henriette Hendriks & Alim Tusun

Prof Florence Myles (University of Essex) Prof Victoria Murphy (University of Oxford) Dr Darnelle Constant-Shepherd (University College London) Ms Nadine Chadier (St. Jérôme Church of England Bilingual School) Prof Simone Pfenninger (University of Salzburg) Jan-Willem Chevalking (Radboud University, Nijmegen) Dr Paula Ambrossi (University College London) Chair: Sarah Schechter (Routes into Languages East)

09:00 - 17:00


Lucy Cavendish College, University of Cambridge

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