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The Languages Project

1 August 2021 - 31 July 2025

PI/s in Exeter: Professor Debra Myhill

Research partners: University of Oslo, Norway; University of Bergen, Norway; University of Oxford, UK; École normale supérieure de Lyon, France; Université Lumière Lyon 2, France.

Funding awarded: NOK 12000000

Sponsor(s): Norwegian Research Council

About the research

This project looks at English and French teaching in three countries – England, France and Norway – where English and French are taught as first, second or additional languages. The project will use language tests, video observation and interviews in eight schools in each of the three countries. The researchers want to understand how language teachers in secondary schools support language development among students from different proficiency levels and language backgrounds. By comparing the observations from each country with perspectives from students and teachers, the project aims to identify characteristics of both good and challenging language teaching.