'Springboard to languages' project evaluation (Phase 5)

Amanda Barton, Joanna Bragg

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report


This report summarises the findings from the fifth, and final, phase of the evaluation of the ‘Springboard to Languages’ Project (September 2010-September 2011). The evaluation focuses on children in Year 4 who have experienced the longest period of teaching by non-specialist teachers and who have not learned any other languages over the last three years. These factors suggested this cohort as a useful benchmark against which to compare the attitudes and performance of previous groups. The principal methodology adopted was think-aloud interviews. The findings of the evaluation show that pupils appear to be more prepared to engage with other languages than their counterparts learning French and have a different perception of the function of Esperanto as a tool for decoding other languages, rather than being merely a means of transactional communication. To those educationists for whom language awareness programmes would seem to be the way forwards in primary school this is an encouraging discovery.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherNo publisher name
Number of pages18
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2011


  • language awareness; primary; languages


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