Learning Foreign Languages in Primary School: Research Insights

Multilingual Matters

This book presents research on the learning of foreign languages by children aged 6–12 years old in primary school settings. The collection provides a significant and important contribution to thisoften overlooked domain and aims to provide research-based evidence that might help to inform and develop pedagogical practice. Topics covered in the chapters include the influence of learner characteristics on word retrieval; explicit second language learning and language awareness; meaning construction; narrative oral development; conversational interaction and how it relates to individual variables; first language use; feedback on written production; intercultural awareness raising and feedback on diagnostic assessment. It will be of interest to undergraduateand graduate students, researchers, teachers and stakeholders who are interested in research on how children learn a second language at primary school.