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The ELLiE Study: Capturing Evidence Transnationally and Longitudinally
Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of language studies.
2013 (English)In: ELT Research, ISSN 2304-2591, Vol. 28, 22-27 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper reports on the challenges encountered in the design of research methods suitable for a longitudinal transnational study. The large-scale research study of Early Language Learning in Europe (ELLiE, 2006-10) was conducted by research teams based in seven European countries (Croatia, England, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Spain and Sweden), funded by the European Commission with some additional funding from the British Council and the team’s respective universities. The study aimed to identify what could realistically be achieved in early foreign language learning in state schools where relatively limited amounts of class time are available for foreign language learning. A condition of the grant funding was that the study should provide indicators that could inform European policy makers, helping to shape and refine current policy.

Given the focus of this paper on collecting evidence from young children over time and across varied national contexts The paper discusses three research tools as an illustration of how annual modifications were made in order to fully capture the developing complexity of the children’s language acquisition, whilst also responding to maturational development which required a more sophisticated tool design to ensure that learners responded to the task as fully as possible. The research instruments discussed are: class smiley questionnaire and class listening tasks (Parts I and II). Each of these instruments underwent a process of intense review by the whole research team throughout the study as it became apparent that annual modifications would make a vital contribution to the quality of data collected.

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IATEFL, UK , 2013. Vol. 28, 22-27 p.
Keyword [en]
longitudinal, transnational, research, design, instruments
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-67126OAI: diva2:610972
Available from: 2013-03-13 Created: 2013-03-13 Last updated: 2013-05-02Bibliographically approved

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