FLEUR FOREIGN LANGUAGE EDUCATION: UNLOCKING READING

 

We have been busy building on our work in reading, and putting the pdcinmfl  Principles 5 and 6 to the test! So, if you:

  •  are interested in the teaching of reading to beginner learners in MFL
  • would like to get some new ideas and innovative resources for teaching reading strategies and phonics in French
  • would like to find out more about the latest research findings in this area

– then read on!

We have recently completed our ‘FLEUR’ reading research project.  This investigated different ways of teaching reading to beginner learners of French in Year 7.  Our project, a ‘Randomized Control Trial’ funded by the Nuffield Foundation, compared the effects of (a) explicit strategy instruction, (b) explicit phonics instruction and (b) the use of challenging texts on students’ reading comprehension (and a range of other outcomes).

We held a half-day conference to share our findings and think about their implications for the classroom.  Our project focussed on Year 7, but we anticipate that the findings will also be relevant to colleagues teaching foreign language reading throughout KS3 as well as in primary schools.

** NEW** Click on the link for the final conference presentation.

A further selection of resources from the conference will be posted on this page soon – watch out for them!  We will also be posting the link to our final report for the Nuffield Foundation in the next couple of weeks.

The FLEUR project team:

Robert Woore, Suzanne Graham, Alison Porter, Louise Courtney and Clare Savory