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Learning French from ages 5, 7 and 11: An investigation into starting ages, rates and routes of learning amongst early foreign language learners

Learning French from ages 5, 7 and 11 is a project funded by the ESRC (grant) running from September 2009 until September 2011. The project co-directors are Florence Myles (Newcastle University) and Rosamond Mitchell (University of Southampton); Research Associates are Annabelle David (Newcastle), Sarah Rule (Southampton), Christophe dos Santos (Newcastle) and Kevin McManus (Newcastle).

The specific aims of the project are to:


20 young learners in each of Year 1 (5 year-olds), Year 3 (7 year olds) and Year 7 (11 year-olds) with no prior knowledge of French were identified in cooperating schools in the North East of England. By negotiation with the participating schools, we provided 38 hours of French language teaching for each of those three groups of learners. All language classes were recorded. In addition, testing of the learners’ French language proficiency took place at four different stages: a pre-test, a mid-project test, an end test and a delayed post-test.