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The book provides data and analysis from the ELLiE study, reporting on both the challenges and achievements of introducing a foreign language to the primary curriculum from the ages of 6-7 years. Uniquely, the ELLiE study draws data from a large sample of over 1400 children, across seven European country contexts with varying linguistic, demographic and cultural features. The scale and longitudinal design of the study is likely to make many of the findings also highly relevant to other similar contexts.

The ELLiE study has been identified as ground-breaking in its innovative nature and scope, presenting findings of a scale that has not previously been attempted, as indicated by the following recommendation from a long-established researcher in the field. ‘Both the breadth and the depth of the ELLiE research provide, in my opinion, for the first time since the beginnings of early language learning research, a solid enough basis to build successful foreign language policies in Europe. I am convinced that ELLiE findings will result in a significant breakthrough in early foreign language learning in Europe and beyond’. Emeritus Professor Mirjana Vilke, Zagreb University, Croatia.


Early Language Learning in Europe Contributors Prof. Janet Enever Umeå University, Sweden (previously at London Metropolitan University) Evelien Krikhaar National Centre for Language Education, Radboud University, Nijmegen, Netherlands Dr Eva Lindgren Umeå University, Sweden

Edited by Janet Enever

The ELLiE team gratefully acknowledge the generous support offered by many school principals, teachers, children and parents over the four-year period of our study. Without their patience and tolerance we could not have undertaken this complex study. We hope we have succeeded in reflecting their classrooms as they really are and trust that readers will feel we have provided at least some answers to the initial research question: ‘What can realistically be achieved in primary school classrooms?’

Foreign languages are increasingly seen as a necessary basic skill for all primary children worldwide, making this publication essential reading for those involved in planning and implementing early language learning policies in school contexts.

ELLiE. Early Language Learning in Europe

The ELLiE study was first set up in 2006, operating as a one year scoping study, partially supported by the British Council and led by Janet Enever. Over the subsequent three years (2007–10) the study was expanded to include an additional country context and supported by a European Commission grant under the Lifelong Learning Programme (Project number 135632-LLP-2007-UK-KA1SCR). We acknowledge the contributions made by both funding institutions and by our own universities, without which this study could not have been conducted.

Dr Lucilla Lopriore Roma Tre University, Italy Gun Lundberg Umeå University, Sweden Prof. Jelena Mihaljevi´c Djigunovi´c Zagreb University, Croatia Prof. Carmen Muñoz University of Barcelona, Spain Dr Magdalena Szpotowicz University of Warsaw, Poland

Edited by Janet Enever

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This publication is also available at www.teachingenglish.org.uk/publications ISBN: 978-0-86355-675-3

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Dr Elsa Tragant Mestres University of Barcelona, Spain

Edited by Janet Enever

ELLiE Early Language Learning in Europe Edited by Janet Enever

© British Council 2011 ISBN 978-0-86355-675-3

The ELLiE research project was supported by a European Commission grant under the Lifelong Learning Programme, Project number 135632-LLP-2007-UK-KA1SCR, with an additional British Council grant supporting the Croatian research team. This publication refle