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Language use and instruction across contexts (LANGUAGES)

Researchers in Norway, France and England aim to identify good language practices in school.

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About the project

LANGUAGES is a complex video and language study of classrooms in Norway, England and France. LANGUAGES aims to advance our understanding of how language teachers support language development among students from different proficiency levels and language backgrounds. This ambition will be achieved through systematic video-recorded observations of English and French lessons over time, at a number of schools in each country, combined with language proficiency tests, surveys, and stimulated recall interviews.


    LANGUAGES is organised in three sub-projects:

    Sub-project 1: language use and instruction across languages and contexts

    Led by Lisbeth M. Brevik. Team members: Debra Myhill (England), Cathy Cohen (France), Eva Thue Vold and Stephanie Wold (Norway).

    This sub-project synthesises the overall project, with a particular focus on project collaboration, research design, research ethics, dissemination and implications.

    Sub-project 2: classroom practices, student experiences and language proficiency

    Led by Eva Thue Vold. Team members: Laura Molway (England), Joséphine Rémon (France), Estelle Fohr-Prigent and Sarah Eiene (Norway).

    This sub-project investigates the relationship between video observed classroom practices in English and French lessons, students' surveyed experiences of these practices and their language proficiency test scores over time.

    Sub-project 3: teachers' and students' perspectives on successful and helpful language practices

    Led by Debra Myhill. Team members: Nicole Dingwall (England), Åsta Haukås (Norway), Cathy Cohen and Anna Ghimenton (France).

    This sub-project offers insight into teachers' perspectives on successful classroom practices in French and English lessons and students' perspectives on helpful classroom practices in light of their language resources and language identities.


    1. advance our knowledge about the consequences of how language policy affects practice,
    2. develop new and much sought after knowledge about how teachers enact language instruction in everyday classroom practices across subjects and contexts,
    3. examine the effect teaching practices have on students’ language use and multilingual identities, and
    4. identify teachers’ and students’ perspectives on practices that are both successful and less successful to suggest implications for future language policy and practice.

    Partners in Europe

    LANGUAGES is a collaboration between universities in Norway (University of Oslo,  University of Bergen), England (University of Exeter, University of Oxford) and France (École normale supérieure de Lyon). 

    Other research projects related to LANGUAGES


    LANGUAGES is granted NOK 12,000,000 by the Research Council of Norway for 2021-25. Project number 315985

    Selected publications

    We will publish selected publications here continuously.

    Tags: Classroom research, video observation, Language and Learning
    Published June 29, 2021 8:17 PM - Last modified May 21, 2022 1:44 PM