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Hunt, Marilyn J.; Barnes, Ann; Powell, Bob; Martin, Cynthia (2008)
Publisher: Elsevier
Languages: English
Types: Article
Subjects: LB1603, LB1501
Europe's commitment to language learning has resulted in higher percentages of pupils studying foreign languages during primary education. In England, recent policy decisions to expand foreign language learning at primary level by 2010 create major implications for transition to secondary. This paper presents findings on transition issues from case studies of a DfES-funded project evaluating 19 local authority Pathfinders piloting the introduction of foreign language learning at primary level. Research on transition in other countries sets these findings in context. Finally, it investigates the challenges England faces for transition in the light of this expansion and discusses future implications.
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