School of Cultures, Languages and Area Studies

Language Teaching: Learning from the Past

This project draws on research in the History of Language Learning and Teaching (HoLLT) to inform language teaching practice and policy. Taking five key themes of immediate relevance to teaching practice today, the project responds to evidence that teachers benefit from the framework that HoLLT gives them to reflect on and critique their own and others' practice and policy.

Training packages

Our materials translate research into packages tailored to the needs of practising teachers, making explicit links to their current and future roles. The materials are designed to be used without expert input, so that they can be widely used and embedded in training.

Each package is made up of a:

  • short video
  • Participant handbook - examples from the video, additional examples, questions for discussion
  • Instructor handbook - guidance on how to use the materials, additional information and guidance to help you lead discussion

These materials are available on a trial basis piloting and feedback and are not the final published versions.

We hope you find them useful and would be grateful for your feedback. Please let us know your views on these materials by filling in our survey.

Prof. Nicola McLellandDr Simon Coffey, Dr Lina Fisher


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Training packages coming soon

  • Grammar: the art of speaking well?
  • Target language and (m)other tongue use
  • Making the case for languages - policy and advocacy


This project is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council

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We are grateful to the following organisations for their support: 

Logo for SCILT - Scotland's National Centre for Languages
Logo for Independent Schools' Modern Languages Association
Logo for Association for Language Learning
Logo for Routes into Languages
Logo for Northern Ireland Centre for Information on Language teaching and Research


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