We are working with education and healthcare professionals to ensure that our research findings are shared and applied to practice. Our current activities are listed below.
- Read our evidence briefings outlining what actually works and debunking common myths about child language development.
- Read case studies showcasing our work with practitioners and highlighting the importance of good quality monitoring, evaluation and training in the early years
Toolkit: Teaching modern foreign languages in multilingual key stage 2 classrooms
This toolkit is aimed at teaching professionals delivering modern foreign language (MFL) lessons to Key Stage 2 pupils in multilingual primary school settings in England. If you are currently teaching MFL to classes that have a mix of both children learning English as an Additional Language (EAL) and monolingual English speaking children, this toolkit is here to support your pedagogical practice.
Magazine Articles and Blogs
- RCSLT Bulletin articles
- Nursery World Magazine articles
- English & Media Centre eMagazine articles
- The Conversation articles
- Blog: How to choose and evaluate interventions for promoting language skills
Training Videos and Short Talks
- VIDEO: Evaluating interventions - this training video covers how interventions work, why it is important to evaluate interventions and describes a 'gold standard' kind of evaluation known as a Randomised Controlled Trial (RCT)
- VIDEO: The Importance of the Early Years - this presentation outlines why the early years are so important for children's development and their later outcomes. It explains how research can help and how you can access this research.
- VIDEO: Advice sessions to support teaching children with Down syndrome.
- Watch our series of short talks about how children learn to communicate with language.
Our very own Prof Ben Ambridge presents a series of short films for BBC Tiny Happy People on baby development and language milestones. Each of the five short videos covers a communication milestone from a baby's first year and explains the science behind it. Watch all the videos here or jump to the milestone that interests you the most below:
Working with Nurseries in the North West
We are working with nurseries in Stockport, Lancaster and Sefton to explore how we can support them to create a language enriched environment and design small research projects to address specific questions they have about language and communicative development.
We have shared some of our research findings with nursery practitioners in the area at their annual conference 2016.
Working with Speech and Language Therapists
We have developed a workshop on specific research techniques for speech and language therapists, in collaboration with the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists. Where possible, we will share any relevant materials from on our website, including comprehension and elicitation materials our researchers use that could be of use to SLTs. We have also delivered webinars as part of #SLTLearn.