Early language initiative – Primary school UK: Case study on early language learning at Primary level (French)

Author(s): European Schoolnet
Institution/Organisation: Malorees Junior, London (UK)

1 Profile of school

1.1 Main characteristics


The school is a state funded mixed primary school situated in the greater London area. It has approximately 240 pupils. Its social profile is one of a considerable immigration population in an area of some social deprivation. There are a large number of the pupils on the Special Educational Needs (SEN) register.

1.2 Language teaching in the schools


The main language of tuition in the school is English, while the languages spoken by the pupils include Arabic, Gujarati, Chinese, Ethiopian, Spanish, Italian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Hungarian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, among others.

The other language taught in the school is French, which is taught at beginner level from year 3.  All the pupils learn French at this point within the curriculum. They average class size in 30 and the age of the pupils is from 7 to 11 years. Extensive use is made of the BBC language website using computers and interactive whiteboards in the classrooms.

There are no language assistants in the school; however one of the teachers has been involved in a two week Comenius course for teachers in France, which involved job shadowing in the French school and observing the foreign language teaching methodology.

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